This is the sixth installment The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at Snohomish overcoming adversity to claim WesCo 4A North Division, marquee matches and rankings.
Panthers weather injury bug en route to memorable season
Dan Pingrey has been blessed with an incredible work ethic.
That hard-working mentality possessed by the Snohomish High School boys soccer coach has definitely transferred over to his players the past 16 years.
This season, it has been no different.
With a rash of injuries hounding the Panthers since preseason, the traditionally tough squad has endured. In fact, Snohomish boys soccer, despite some personnel shifts throughout the 2014 season, is thriving again.
The Panthers are 12-1-0 overall and sit atop the WesCo 4A North Division at 11-0-0 with 33 points. The team’s closest pursuer in the North is Lake Stevens (7-3-1), meaning Snohomish has already clinched the division with three matches remaining.
This outcome – which has been a near annual event under Pingrey – came to fruition despite some major lineup shifts caused by injury.
“We’ve had to make some pretty serious adjustments, but it’s been great as far as youngsters getting to play and stepping up,” said Pingrey, who also works as King County Sheriff’s Office (KSCO) Chief of Patrol Operations Division and coaches four other soccer teams, including his job as assistant with the Seattle Pacific University men’s team. “It’s been fun to watch these young kids step up. We’ve also had good leadership from Uriel Herrera and those seniors.
“We’ve been doing a lot mixing and matching with young kids stepping up.”
The Panthers, who have outscored foes 45-7 so far, had their injury woes begin in preseason training when senior forward Jose Gaspar broke his ankle.
Then, Brennan Judy, a sophomore forward and backup center defensive back, broke his ankle in a 4-0 victory at Cascade on April 7.
Junior center defensive back Blake Crutchfield, was the next victim and the team lost him to a knee injury in the first 15 minutes of a 2-0 win against Mariner on April 9. With Judy having already gone down, that meant central midfielder Eric Jones was forced to move to center back.
“Jones, he’s been one of the best players on the field for us this year,” Pingrey said. “He had some experience in club with center back. With Crutchfield, they were worried about it being a serious knee injury, but it’s a tissue injury, so hopefully he’ll be back by playoffs.”
Crutchfield gives Snohomish a unique weapon on offense with his ability to make his long throw-in a dangerous scoring opportunity.
Jones’ move to defensive stopper paved the way for the emergence of freshman Coleman French at central midfielder. Judy’s injury also opened the door for freshman Jason Fairhurst at forward.
Fairhurst has three goals and four assists and French has put up one goal and one assist.
“French has started now the last four games and the last three he hasn’t come off the field,” Pingrey said of French, who is 5-foot, 100 pounds. “He’s quick and got great skills. He’s been fantastic. He’s fast and he’s quick and he’s got good ball skills.”
All injured players are expected back in time for the Panthers’ playoff run.
“The guys have had a lot of changes and they’ve done a good job with them,” Pingrey said. “We didn’t have depth at first. We only had two deep [on the bench], but now we go about six deep.”
Reliable in goal has been senior goalkeeper Ryan Peters, who owns nine shutouts so far.
“He’s a classic shot-stopper,” Pingrey said of the second-year starter Peters. “He’s one of those kids who never really played club ball consistently, so he has a high upside. He just keeps getting better and better. He’s fantastic athletically and every year he’s improved. He can out-jump anybody on our team.”
The Panthers’ rely heavily on playmaking senior midfielder Uriel Herrera, who has shed his reputation as a “hot-tempered player” and matured into a leader.
Herrera has also produced with a team-highs of 15 goals and six assists. He put home four goals in a 10-0 triumph on Friday and he provided an assist in a 1-0 win over nonleague rival Glacier Peak on Saturday.
“It was a big deal, being a crosstown rivalry and [Glacier Peak] was doing well,” Pingrey said. “Luckily, we won so well on Friday night that I let the starters play more. But by the end of the game, I had five guys cramping up. That was because they played a lot and you can’t do it two days in a row.
“Everyone got a chance to play and they hung on, so it was good experience. [Glacier Peak] is a physical team. Every time there was a big tackle, the crowd was going wild.”
Herrera keys the Panthers’ offensive attack.
“He can play at the next level,” Pingrey said. “He’s a very, very good player. He’s trying to figure out what he wants to do. He’s really playing out of his mind this year and his maturity the best it’s ever been.
“He can find the ball, he can take hits and he’s good in the air. He creates so much more for the players around him.”
Junior forward Tanner Corrie has provided eight goals and three assists. Crutchfield had three goals and five assists before his injury.
When neighboring Glacier Peak opened its doors in 2009, the Snohomish talent pool took a hit, but Pingrey was determined to preserve a winning reputation.
“From my perspective, it was we’re not going to use that as an excuse,” Pingrey said. “We have a reputation and we have high expectations. The kids bought into that, all the players.
“We had to do that. We have youngsters who maybe aren’t playing at the highest club level, but they come in and they know the expectations and so they really raise their game and do well. They work hard and they’re fearless.”
Could the Panthers be building toward something big again?
The Panthers have reached the state tournament 14 of the last 15 seasons, missing out only in the spring of 2011 during that span. Snohomish captured Class 4A state titles of 2000 and 2006 and a state runner-up finish in 2003.
The Panthers were fourth last season in 4A. No doubt, the club wants to build off that finish.
“We always work hard, my coaches and players, but at the same time we want to have fun,” Pingrey said. “These guys are taking care of business. They are very serious about wanting to be state champions this year.
“They know they have a lot of work to do, though. Last year, we got back to the Final Four after being out of it for a while, and these guys have a real desire to take it to the next level.”
Issaquah secures school’s first berth in KingCo 4A title match
With Friday’s 2-0 home win over Redmond, the Issaquah boys soccer team clinched the school’s first appearance in the KingCo 4A championship match.
The Eagles (10-0-1 overall) lead the KingCo 4A regular-season race at 8-0-0 with 24 points and secured at least a top-two finish in the conference and automatic berth in the KingCo 4A title match.
With wins in its final two matches, Issaquah would also secure the school’s first KingCo title in school history.
The Eagles travel to Skyline (10-0-3, 7-0-1, 22 points) on Thursday to close out the KingCo 4A slate and the match likely will decide the title. Issaquah travels to Eastlake on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
After Friday’s history-making win, the Eagles had run their winning streak to nine matches, including seven by shutout.
ScoreCzar.org gives its unique twist on rankings
Here’s the link to the latest 2014 ranking for boys soccer by ww.scoreczar.org:
Marquee matches upcoming
Monday, April 28
SPSL 3A: Bonney Lake at Decatur; Auburn Mountainview at Enumclaw, both 7 p.m.
1A Nisqually League: Seattle Christian at Charles Wright, 4 p.m.; Cascade Christian at Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29
KingCo 4A: Garfield at Ballard; Issaquah at Eastlake; Skyline at Redmond; Inglemoor at Woodinville, all 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A South: Federal Way at Curtis; Puyallup at Beamer at Federal Way Stadium, both 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A North: Jefferson at Kentridge; Tahoma at Kentwood, both 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 4A: Kamiak at Edmonds-Woodway; Jackson at Mariner; Snohomish at Mount Vernon, all 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Lake Washington at Interlake; Mercer Island at Liberty (Issaquah); Bellevue at Mount Si, all 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League: Seattle Prep at Bishop Blanchet; Lakeside at Eastside Catholic; Chief Sealth at Ingraham; Bainbridge at O’Dea; Nathan Hale at West Seattle, all 3:30 p.m.
Seamount League: Tyee at Lindbergh, 6 p.m.; Hazen at Foster, 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A: Oak Harbor at Everett; Shorecrest at Glacier Peak; Marysville-Pilchuck at Marysville Getchell; Stanwood at Shorewood, all 7:30 p.m.
1A Cascade Conference: Archbishop Murphy at Coupeville, 6 p.m.; Lakewood at King’s, 7 p.m.
SPSL 2A: Fife at Franklin Pierce; White River at Sumner, both 7 p.m.
Emerald City League: Northwest School at Bush at Washington Park Playfield, 3:30 p.m.
University Prep at Seattle Academy at Shoreline Center Park, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30
SPSL 3A: Lakes at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.; Enumclaw at Peninsula at Roy Anderson Field, 7:15 p.m.
1A Nisqually League: Cascade Christian at Seattle Christian at Valley Ridge Park, 3:30 p.m.
Nonleague: Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) at Chimacum, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 1
KingCo 4A: Roosevelt at Ballard; Redmond at Eastlake; Bothell at Inglemoor; Woodinville at Newport; Issaquah at Skyline, all 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A North: Kentlake at Jefferson; Kentridge at Tahoma; both 7 p.m.; Kentwood at Mount Rainier, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A South: Curtis at Emerald Ridge; Bethel at Federal Way; both 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League: Bishop Blanchet at O’Dea, 3:30 p.m.; Seattle Prep at Lakeside; Franklin at Nathan Hale, both 4 p.m.; Eastside Catholic at Bainbridge, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 2
WesCo 4A: Edmonds-Woodway at Jackson; Cascade at Kamiak; Mariner at Lynnwood; Lake Stevens at Snohomish, all 7:30 p.m.
KingCo 3A/2A: Liberty (Issaquah) at Bellevue; Lake Washington at Juanita; Mount Si at Mercer Island; Interlake at Sammamish, all 7:30 p.m.
3A Metro League: Ingraham at Cleveland; Chief Sealth at Eastside Catholic, both 3:30 p.m.; West Seattle at Bainbridge, 6 p.m.
Seamount League: Foster at Renton, 5:30 p.m.; Lindbergh at Hazen; Kennedy Catholic at Tyee, both 7:30 p.m.
WesCo 3A: Shorecrest at Marysville Getchell, 7 p.m.; Shorecrest at Marysville Getchell; Glacier Peak at Meadowdale; Stanwood at Oak Harbor; Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood, all 7:30 p.m.
Cascade Conference: South Whidbey at Archbishop Murphy; Coupeville at Granite Falls, both 6 p.m.; Sultan at Lakewood; Cedarcrest at King’s, both 7 p.m.
SPSL 2A: Orting at Fife; Franklin Pierce at Washington, both 7 p.m.
1A Emerald City League: Overlake at Northwest School, 5 p.m.; Seattle Christian at Life Christian at Valley Ridge Park, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 3
SPSL 4A North: Mount Rainier at Kentridge, Noon; Auburn at Auburn Riverside, 7:30 p.m.
SPSL 4A South: Beamer at Emerald Ridge, 7:30 p.m.
1A Emerald City League: Bush at Overlake, 3 p.m.
1A Nisqually League: Vashon Island at Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 3 p.m.
National rankings picture
The third spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, April 22. The next set of rankings is due Tuesday, May 20. Three teams from Washington state were ranked in the top 20 were in the third set of rankings for the spring of 2014. Class 4A Camas checks in at No. 8, Skyview of Vancouver at No. 11 and Skyline at No. 20.
The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all Washington teams, from No. 1 through No. 9 and only Alaska breaking up the top 10 from Washington. Here’s the third Region V poll for spring of 2014 (also pasted below) on Tuesday, April 22:
2014 SEATTLE TIMES STATE BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS
Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for Week 6 of the 2014 season (this year’s record in parentheses):
Week 6 rankings – 4A, 3A, 2A
(2014 records in parentheses)
1, Camas (9-0-3)
2, Skyview (Vancouver) (10-0-2)
3, Skyline (10-0-3)
4, Issaquah (10-0-1)
5, Snohomish (12-1-0)
6, Kentwood (9-1-2)
7, Ferris (Spokane) (10-1-0)
8, Gig Harbor (9-1-0)
9, Union (Vancouver) (9-3-0)
10, Jefferson (7-3-1)
On the bubble: Federal Way (6-3-2), Inglemoor (7-5-1), Redmond (7-4-1), Ballard (7-4-0), Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (9-2-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (9-2-0), Puyallup (9-2-1), Kentridge (6-2-4), Rogers (Puyallup) (8-1-3), Kamiak (7-4-1), Mariner (5-3-2), Pasco (9-5-0), Beamer (6-3-2), Lake Stevens (7-3-3), Davis (Yakima) (7-4-1), Curtis (5-2-4), Mount Rainier (6-3-3), Tahoma (6-2-3), Olympia (6-2-2), Roosevelt (8-5-1), Woodinville (7-5-2).
1, Bonney Lake (10-1-1)
2, Sunnyside (11-0-0)
3, Glacier Peak (8-1-2)
4, Lakeside (9-1-0)
5, Mount Spokane (8-2-0)
6, Hanford (11-2-0)
7, Liberty (Issaquah) (9-2-2)
8, Mount Si (9-2-2)
9, Shorecrest (10-2-0)
10, Mountain View (Vancouver) (9-2-0)
On the bubble: Kennewick (9-4-0), Shelton (6-2-1), Mercer Island (6-2-5) , Shorewood (7-2-3), Oak Harbor (4-4-1), Stanwood (4-4-1), Interlake (8-4-1), Hazen (6-2-4), Kennedy Catholic (7-1-4), Tyee (3-3-4), Auburn Mountainview (4-2-1), Nathan Hale (6-1-3), Ingraham (5-3-4), Chief Sealth (7-3-2), Bainbridge (7-3-0), Decatur (6-3-0), Wilson (Tacoma) (6-3-0), Foss (5-1-1).
1, Cheney (10-1-1)
2, Squalicum (10-0-2)
3, Capital (12-1-0)
4, Archbishop Murphy (10-2-1)
5, Fife (9-1-0)
6, Othello (12-2-0)
7, Anacortes (11-1-1)
8, Sedro-Woolley (10-2-1)
9, North Kitsap (10-2-0)
10, Ridgefield (8-2-1)
On the bubble: Hockinson (10-2-0), Aberdeen (10-2-0), Bellingham (6-3-4), Orting (8-2-1), Pullman (11-2-0), Cedarcrest (9-3-1), Kingston (10-2-0), Sequim (11-2-0), Franklin Pierce (4-5-1), Lake Washington (4-5-2), Foster (8-1-2), Toppenish (7-3-1), Ellensburg (5-4-0), Sehome (7-2-4), Sumner (5-4-0), Grandview (7-5-0).