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June 3, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog — Week 11

This is the 11th and final installment The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at Snohomish’s grit and determination and Lakeside’s “next-man-up” situation, marquee matches and final state rankings.

Snohomish bond pushes Panthers all the way to a title

Togetherness has gone a long way for the Snohomish High School boys soccer program this season.

All the way to a Class 4A state for the Panthers and head coach Dan Pingrey.

What Snohomish lacked in talent, it more than made up for in “team.”

A pair of long Blake Crutchfield throw-ins led to a pair of goals as the fifth-ranked Panthers captured the school’s third 4A state title in boys soccer with a 2-1 win over seventh-ranked Ferris of Spokane on Saturday evening in the Class 4A championship match at Sparks Stadium.

Crutchfield, a junior defender, was playing despite a 103-degree fever earlier in the week and a right knee injury for the last half of the season. But he kept his dangerous trend rolling on any long throw attempt for two first-half goals.

“We’re going to ride on this for a while,” Crutchfield said, his voice still hoarse from illness. “I was exhausted. But I just had to battle through, and keep my mind in it and just keep going.

“At the beginning of the week, it wasn’t looking too good for me playing battling a 103-degree fever. Wednesday was the worst day. I missed school all week up until Friday. I couldn’t eat anything Tuesday through Thursday.”

Crutchfield, who played just 30 minutes in the 2-0 semifinal win over Kentwood, played with nine of his teammates since age 11. The fight showed by the Panthers is what Pingrey values most in this year’s team.

“There’s a lot of talent out there, and despite making it a little difficult for ourselves, then we decide to grind,” said Pingrey, the 16th-year Panthers’ coach. “These guys believe in themselves. Theses guys have learned how to grind out wins, and sometimes it’s not pretty.

“Everybody out here was part of this.”

Snohomish (20-2-0) followed up 4A state titles in 2000 and 2006 under Pingrey in the school’s seventh trip to the Final Four. The Panthers were second in 2003.

Ferris made a final push in the final 20 minutes, and Snohomish junior midfielder Gus Baxter came up with a big save in the 76th minute. Baxter cleared a shot off the back line with high left-footed kick after a long throw-in by the Saxons’ Matt Beaulaurier caused a scramble in front of the goal.

“That was scary,” Baxter said of Ferris’ best late scoring chance. “That was real close. I don’t think it was touching the line, but obviously it would’ve kept going [if Baxter hadn’t kicked it].

“This [championship] brings tears to my eyes. It feels extraordinary knowing there’s going to be a banner in the gym that says, ‘2014 Snohomish boys soccer.’”

Ferris (18-3-0) settled for second for the third time in school history in a bid for the school’s second title after winning in 1998. The Saxons also were second in 1997 and 2001.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Tanner Corrie punched in a loose ball that was pinballing around in front of the Ferris goal in the seventh minute. Corrie got the last touch on the ball and got it over the arms of Saxons’ goalkeeper Alex Pells.

The scoring play started with a long throw-in, of about 35 yards, by Snohomish’s Blake Crutchfield. The throw-in started the frantic action front of the goal and it resulted in Corrie’s 13th goal of the season.

Crutchfield was at it again in the 20th minute, firing a 35-yard throw-in to the middle of the goal and Pells couldn’t handle it. Crutchfield’s long throw from the right sideline slipped through Pells’ grasp and into the back of the net for an own goal.

It marked the fourth time in the last two season of state playoff where Crutchfield’s long throw-in resulted in an opponents’ own goal and twice in the last three state matches this season.

“That’s such a weapon,” Baxter said. “It’s deadly.”

Ferris broke through on Jonathan Galgalo’s rebound goal at the right post in the 64th minute to cut the Panthers’ lead to 2-1. Galgalo was in the right place to clean up an Eric Hollenbaugh header that started on a 19-yard free kick off the foot of Connor Ourada from just outside the top right edge of the penalty area.

“That was hectic,” Baxter said of the furious finish and holding off the Saxons. “A lot of us are tired from yesterday. We had to work through it with tired legs and sore muscles.”

Snohomish fired five shots on goal to Ferris’ two in the first half and limited a team that has proven scoring ability. The Panthers confidence could be seen as the first half kept going on.


Championship match

Snohomish 2, Ferris (Spokane) 1 (Snohomish goals – Tanner Corrie (unassisted) 7:00; Own goal (Blake Crutchfield throw-in) 20:00. Ferris goals – Jonathan Galgalo (unassisted) 64:00. Records – Snohomish 20-2-0, Ferris (Spokane) 18-3-0.)

Skyview (Vancouver) 4, Kentwood 1 (3rd-4th places) – Senior forward Eric Ferris supplied a goal and an assist as the Storm (20-2-3) secured third place and their first trophy finish since taking the 4A title in 2012.

The Storm went ahead 1-0 in the third minute on an own goal. A defensive miscue by Joey Alonzo played a ball back to goalkeeper Admir Kucalovic, but sent the ball to high when Skyview’s Brandon Zilles pressured on offense.

The lead grew to 2-0 in the 45th minute when Garrett Bredy scored from about 13 yards aways after a pass from Carter Johnson, who received a free kick from Austin Horner to start the scoring play.

Eric Ferris made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute when he converted his own miss of the left post into the left corner of the net from close range. Zilles pushed the advantage to 4-0 in the 56th minute on a feed from Ferris.

The Conquerors (15-4-3) averted the shutout on Joey Alonzo’s header goal on  a corner kick by Aidan Gray in the 67th minute to make it 4-1. It was the Conks’ best finish at state since taking third in 2011.

Kentwood beat the Storm 1-0 to claim the West Central District title on May 17 when freshman forward Mason Rudolph scored in the 86th minute, about one minute into the second overtime.


3rd-4th places

Skyview (Vancouver) 4, Kentwood 1 (Skyview goals – Own goal 3:00; Garrett Bredy (Carter Johnson assist) 45:00; Eric Ferris (unassisted) 52:00; Brandon Zilles (Ferris) 56:00. Kentwood goals – Joey Alonzo (Aidan Gray assist) 67:00. Records – Skyview 20-2-3, Kentwood 15-4-3.)

Lions still roaring despite losing combo of stars; another Kombo steps up

It’s pretty clear that the Lakeside High School boys soccer team was overflowing with talent.

The Lions were impressive in their run the Class 3A state title, but they easily could’ve packed more wallop if a couple of players stayed with the team instead of opting to play for Sounders FC Academy.

As it was, sophomore Sharif Kombo stepped to the forefront instead.

With the departure of talented forwards Quentin Chi and Seyi Adekoya choosing to play for the Sounders FC Academy, Kombo stepped to the forefront.

With one combo gone, the other Kombo rose up.

Shrugging off defender Matt Hanson and almost relishing contact, Kombo delivered a goal in the 19th minute as the seventh-ranked Lions turned back Mercer Island 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A championship match at Sparks Stadium.

In their fourth state championship appearance, Lakeside (16-2-2) finally brought home the school’s first state title in boys soccer. It is fitting that hard work finally yielded a title, with freshman midfielder Paul Rothrock making a nice long pass forward to Kombo.

“That was just me working hard,” said Kombo of his goal. “It wasn’t the prettiest goal in the entire world, but you know it won and it made it happen. That was a good ball by Paul [Rothrock].”

The Lions went in front 1-0 in the 19th minute on sophomore Sharif Kombo’s powerful run up the right side and tough angle shot from eight yards away into the far, left corner. Kombo, with the Mercer Island defender glued to his inside left hip, took the contact and finished through the physical defense, shooting through traffic.

It was Kombo’s 14th goal of the season.

“You know, I had a bad game in the semifinals [a 2-1 overtime shootout win over Shorewood], and my coach [Mark Szabo] told me to go out there and give it all I got,” the stout 5-foot-8 ½ , 175-pound Kombo said. “I played left midfielder as a freshman. I got a decent amount of time last year, but not as much as I’m getting right now and I wasn’t a starter.

“This year, with the two starting forwards leaving, it put me on the spot. I couldn’t have done it without the team, and I’d never played in a state championship before. Them not being here, gave me the chance to play.”

Mercer Island (12-5-5) rode a hot streak into the final with five consecutive wins after taking third in KingCo 3A/2A in the regular season.

“The other team [Lakeside] had a couple of dangerous players, and we knew that going into it,” said MI coach Colin Rigby, who also lost as an Islander player in the 2001 3A final. “[Kombo] is a tough player. He likes to play with players on him. That’s exactly how he got around [Hanson].

“It was a mistake in the midfield and they caught us on the other side of it. It was a special trip for us. We were the Cinderella story to go as far as we did.”

It was Szabo’s second appearance as coach in the 3A finals with the Lions, who endured many injuries. Taking the worst of it was senior midfielder Arthur McCray, who was taken to a local hospital after suffering a dislocated jaw after a 70th-minute collision.

Lakeside paid the price, but got the job done Saturday after losing in the 3A finals in 1989, 2000 and 2006.

“We were looking at our back line at the end, and there was nobody in the same spot as they started,” said Szabo, the 10th-year head coach. “It was just, ‘Wow.’”

MI came out with a renewed sense of purpose in the second half and put pressure on the Lions early after intermission. Sean Bender’s twisting header from 15 yards out sailed wide right at the 44-minute mark.

Then, Matt Dayton had to head a bending 21-yard free kick off the back line from the Islanders’ Ryan Hill, who curved in a booming shot.

The Islanders had a dangerous chance in the sixth minute as Hill’s short-range header toward the right post was saved by Lakeside goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley.

Hill entered the match red-hot with 12 goals in his previous five matches.

“I think they were pretty tight on him and, in general, their defense was pretty solid,” Rigby said. “When a guys scored that many goals, you try to keep him in your back pocket. I think the ball was bouncing around a little bit too much for us. We want it on the ground a little bit more.”

It all came down to Kombo’s push up the right side in the first half.

Said Sabo: “That was battle he won. It was a fantastic finish. He and that defender [Hanson] had been going at it all day. It’s awesome that Sharif stepped up and we were demanding of him. He just does it at the right moments and has special abilities.”

The Islanders lost on an effort play by Kombo.

“He’s a big body,” Rigby said.


Championship match

Lakeside 1, Mercer Island 0 (Lakeside goals – Sharif Kombo (Paul Rothrock assist) 19:00. Shutout – Wallis Lapsley. Records – MI 12-5-5, Lakeside 16-2-2.)

Sunnyside 3, Shorewood 2, OT shootout (3rd-4th places) — Sunnyside freshman Jose Marquez scored both regulation goals and hammered in the clinching penalty kick as the Grizzlies (20-3-0) claimed third place for the school’s first trophy finish in boys soccer.

Sunnyside junior goalkeeper Manuel Calvillo made a kick save at the right post with the shootout tied 5-5 to set up Jose Marquez’ game-winning kick into the right side of the net.

Sunnyside won the shootout 6-5.

Thunderbirds’ senior defender Justin Collins found the upper left corner of the net on a penalty kick – the team’s second of the match – in the 77th minute for a 2-1 advantage.

Jose Marquez scored his second goal of the match on a header off a free kick from Jesus Marquez in the 80th minute for the 2-2 equalizer.

Taj McChesney converted a penalty kick in the 39th minute to give the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead.

Jose Marquez was in the right place at the right time to tie the match at 1-1 in the 64th minute. Marquez smashed in a rebound shot at the right post after a Shorewood cleared a previous shot off the back line.

The Thunderbirds (14-5-5) fourth-place showing equaled the school’s best finish since taking fourth in 1987. The T-birds won the 4A (then AAA) crown in 1978 and were second in 1980.


3rd-4th places

Sunnyside 3, Shorewood 2, OT shootout (Shorewood goals – Taj McChesney (penalty kick) 39:00; Justin Collins (penalty kick) 77:00. Sunnyside goals – Jose Marquez (unassisted) 64:00; Jose Marquez (Jesus Marquez assist) 80:00. Sunnyside wins shootout 6-5. Shootout goals – Sunnyside (Lupe Granados, Christian Chavez, Noe Meza, Enrique De La Cruz, Misael Vasquez, Jose Marquez), Shorewood (Logan Keebler, Ian Callender, Callahan Gobel, Marco Shifflette, Anthony Pepe). Records — Shorewood 14-5-4, Sunnyside 20-3-0.)

Prep boys soccer coverage – 1st round, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals


Final Four: Championship, 3rd-4th places

Class 4A championship, 3rd-4th places


Class 3A championship, 3rd-4th places


Class 2A & 1A championship, 3rd-4th places


Lakeside tops JFK in 3A state quarterfinals


Snohomish hangs on in 4A state quarterfinals against Skyline


Kennedy Catholic outlasts Mount Si in shootout in 3A state opener


Gig Harbor dashes Issaquah dreams in shootout in 4A state opener


First-time state qualifier Ingraham stuns defending 3A state champs in state opener


Final Four state action next season – prep boys soccer

2015 State Championship Dates

Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30, 2015

Class 2A & 1A boys state soccer championships – Final Four at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium

Class 4A & 3A boys state soccer championships – Final Four at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium


2016 State Championship Dates

Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28, 2016

Class 2A & 1A boys state soccer championships – Final Four at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium

Class 4A & 3A boys state soccer championships – Final Four at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium


Boys soccer playoff link

State brackets (results)

Class 4A


Class 3A


Class 2A


Class 1A


Main bracket page for district (results)


District 1


District 2


District 3


District 4


District 5


District 6


District 7 gives its unique twist on rankings

Here’s the link to the latest 2014 ranking for boys soccer by

National rankings picture

The fourth set of spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, May 20. The next set of rankings is due Tuesday, June 17 and that will be the final set of the spring. Three teams from Washington state remained ranked in the top 20 were in the fourth set of rankings for the spring of 2014. Class 4A Kentwood ranks the highest among Washington schools at No. 14 and then a pair of Vancouver-area schools follow — Skyview (4A) at No. 18 and Camas (4A) checks in at No. 19. Issaquah (4A) was among those “also receiving votes.”

The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all Washington teams, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the fourth Region V poll for spring of 2014, which came out on Tuesday, May 20:



Here are The Seattle Times FINAL rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for the 2014 season (this year’s record in parentheses):

FINAL rankings – 4A, 3A, 2A

Class 4A, 3A & 2A boys soccer state rankings – before Week 8 (May 12) – FINAL

(2014 records in parentheses; prior to district/bi-district playoffs)

Class 4A

1, Skyview (Vancouver) (14-0-3)

2, Camas (13-1-3)

3, Issaquah (12-1-1)

4, Skyline (12-1-3)

5, Snohomish (14-2-0)

6, Kentwood (11-2-3)

7, Ferris (Spokane) (13-2-0)

8, Gig Harbor (13-1-1)

9, Union (Vancouver) (12-4-1)

10, Federal Way (11-3-2)

On the bubble: Rogers (Puyallup) (10-2-4), Jefferson (11-4-1), Inglemoor (8-6-1), Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (10-5-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (12-2-0), Puyallup (12-3-1), Kentridge (7-4-5), Kamiak (10-4-2), Mount Vernon (10-7-0), Pasco (12-5-0), Beamer (9-5-2), Lake Stevens (8-6-3), Curtis (9-3-4), Mariner (8-6-2), Mount Rainier (8-3-5), Tahoma (10-2-3), Olympia (8-4-2), Redmond (9-6-1), Roosevelt (9-6-1), Woodinville (9-6-2), Cascade (Everett) (9-6-2), Davis (Yakima) (10-5-1).

Class 3A

1, Bonney Lake (14-1-1)

2, Mount Spokane (11-2-0)

3, Glacier Peak (13-2-2)

4, Sunnyside (14-2-0)

5, Hanford (13-3-0)

6, Liberty (Issaquah) (13-2-2)

7, Lakeside (10-2-2)

8, Shorecrest (14-3-0)

9, Kennedy Catholic (10-1-5)

10, Bainbridge (12-3-0)

On the bubble: Mountain View (Vancouver) (12-4-0), Mount Si (10-5-2), Kennewick (11-5-0), Shelton (9-2-3), Mercer Island (8-4-5) , Shorewood (10-3-4), Interlake (10-6-1), Hazen (9-2-5), Auburn Mountainview (9-3-1), Nathan Hale (8-3-3), Ingraham (9-3-4), Chief Sealth (9-6-2), Bishop Blanchet (7-6-4), Decatur (8-5-0), Wilson (Tacoma) (9-5-0), Foss (8-1-2), Columbia River (8-5-3), Meadowdale (9-6-2).

Class 2A

1, Cheney (13-1-1)

2, Squalicum (15-0-2)

3, Capital (16-1-0)

4, Anacortes (13-2-2)

5, Fife (12-2-0)

6, Archbishop Murphy (13-3-1)

7, Sedro-Woolley (12-2-3)

8, North Kitsap (14-2-0)

9, Kingston (14-2-0)

10, Pullman (13-3-0)

On the bubble: Othello (13-4-0), Ridgefield (9-3-1), Hockinson (12-4-0), Aberdeen (10-5-0), Bellingham (8-4-4), Orting (11-3-1), Cedarcrest (12-4-1), Sequim (13-3-0), Franklin Pierce (5-6-1), Foster (10-2-3), Toppenish (10-5-1), Ellensburg (10-7-0), Sehome (10-3-4), Sumner (9-6-0), Grandview (10-5-0), Tyee (7-5-4), Selah (9-8-0).

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