Squalicum High School defender Hans Kogan insists it’s about the wins, not the zeroes.
Right now, Squalicum’s high-powered boys’ soccer team is enjoying both.
The Storm rode three first-half goals en route to a 5-0 victory over Toppenish in the semifinals of the Class 2A tournament at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The Storm (20-0-2) extended its string of shutouts to 11.
“It’s definitely a perk, but it is not our main goal,” said Kogan. “Winning any way possible is what we are going for. The big zeroes are just great to have.”
For the Wildcats (14-6-1) to hang in there, they needed to be staunch on defense, too. But they made too many uncharacteristic mistakes.
The surprising aspect was that the biggest errors were made by the guy who had been stopping scorers all season long – all-Central Washington Athletic Conference goalkeeper Oliver Sanchez, the league’s defensive player of the year.
Squalicum got on the board in the 12th minute. Sanchez came up to clear the ball and misplayed it – right to Storm midfielder Brandon Burbank, who easily converted an open-net chance for a 1-0 lead.
Squalicum’s Eli Guidroz had a one-on-one chance against Sanchez in the 30th minute. Sanchez had the shot tracked, but the ball rolled through his legs and in the back of the net.
Lakeside of Seattle 2, Shorewood 1 (4-3 SO): Gaby Joseph capped a mini-comeback in the shootout with his game-winner, and the Lions advanced to the state title match for the fourth time in school history by winning the shootout, 4-2, at Sparks Stadium.
After Shorewood’s Taj McChesney and Amir Rouchsenas made shootout penalty kicks to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead, Lions keeper Wallis Lapsley made two key saves.
Joseph capped a string of four consecutive shootout goals when he put a shot just inside the left post. Wyatt Paul, Paul Rothrock and Arthur McCray also scored for the Lions (15-2-2).
Mercer Island 2, Sunnyside 0: Maybe the third time will be a charm for the Islanders, who advanced to the 3A title match for the third time in school history.
Ryan Hill tallied both second-half goals – his 21st and 22nd goals of the season – and the Islanders (12-4-5) extended their shutout streak in the postseason to three matches with a victory at Sparks Stadium.
Mercer Island took a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute. Sean Bender’s long throw-in from the left corner was taken by Hill, whose header went past Sunnyside goalkeeper Jorge Villegas.
Hill scored his second goal off a feed from Daniel Sims in the 74th minute. The junior punched it in inside the right post.
The Islanders have never won a 3A title, losing in 2001 and 2012.
University Prep 1, King’s 0: Justin Ting hammered home a 15-yard shot in the 12th minute, and the Pumas (13-2-2) won despite being outshot, 12-6, at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Ting’s unassisted goal was set up by a King’s miscue in the defensive backfield. The ball came to him for a wide-open shot.
Quincy 2, Chelan 1: Daniel Contreras tallied the game-winner off a rebound in the 58th minute, and the Jackrabbits (15-7) are in the 1A finals for the first time in school history.
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