There will be a new Class 3A boys soccer state champion in 2014 — Ingraham made sure of that.
Benjamin Kos’ 77th-minute goal, his second, lifted the Rams (11-4-4) to a 2-1 upset over defending state champion Bonney Lake on Tuesday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. The victory is Ingraham’s first state playoff win in its first playoff appearance.
“It’s great having the biggest goal (in school history),” Kos said.
Despite the loss, the Panthers (15-4-1) often kept the Rams on their heels, but one missed chance after another proved too costly for Bonney Lake as stars Brody Fitzsimmons and Tyler John were bottled up.
“We struggled in the box today and our stars never showed up there,” Panthers coach Luke Helling-Christy said. “We dominated out there on shots and possession. You have to finish those shots when you get them.”
Ingraham goalkeeper Harper Smith-Strange punched out a Bonney Lake shot in the 76th minute, starting a breakaway. Two Panthers defenders collided at midfield to turn a four-on-two in Bonney Lake’s favor into a two-on-two. Kos then fielded the winning goal off a feed from Kevin Leonzo-Perez.
“We have the benefit of being a team on the field and off the field,” Smith-Strange said. “We’re close and pick each other up. We play better as the game goes on.”
Bonney Lake’s early offensive attack left the Rams with no answers as the defending state champions pounded six shots on Smith-Strange in the first nine minutes.
The sixth shot came in the form of a John header assisted by Dalton Ogdon that settled in the back of the net for a 1-0 Panthers lead.
The Rams tied the game at 1 early in the 49th minute after midfielder Joe Smith launched a prayer of a 60-yard cross that took a curving bounce around Bonney Lake goalkeeper Taylor Mayfield and gave Kos an open target, which he easily poked in.
The Panthers were every bit the powerhouse team Ingraham expected, coach Paul Aur said.
“Coming in, my players were looking at Bonney Lake and seeing they were facing the state champions in the first draw and thinking, ‘Great,’ ” he said. “I just told them that was last year. I just said that we play one of the best teams every year in Lakeside.”
Ingraham’s second-round opponent is Shorewood, which beat Nathan Hale, 1-0, Tuesday night.kevin.manning@ thenewstribune.com