Snohomish won the Class 4A state boys soccer championship for the third time with the use of one of the most dangerous weapons in the game — a long throw-in.
Blake Crutchfield, the junior defender with the golden throw, was a key component for each of the goals in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Ferris Saxons on Saturday night at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
“There is a lot of talent out there” Snohomish coach Dan Pingrey. “The best part is, we always seem to make it a little difficult, but it should be easy. Because we show our talent and then we decide to grind. You need to be able to play in the good and the bad and I’m proud of these guys”
Crutchfield’s throw was put away in the seventh minute by Tanner Corrie, who flicked it in with the outside of his foot.
On the second goal, from 35 yards out, Crutchfield threw it directly at the goal in the 20th minute. However, instead of letting it go into the goal for a goal kick, Ferris keeper Alex Pells tried to make a play on the ball but had it bounce off his hands into the goal.
Although Ferris had their opportunities, the early goals snuffed any chance of a comeback.
In the third-place game, Kentwood was no match for Skyview, which ran away with a 4-1 victory.
In the previous meeting between the teams, Kentwood pulled out a 1-0 victory in extra time.
It is the second time in five trips to the final four that Kentwood has taken fourth place.
“I told them in the locker room in the pregame that they needed to do everything they can to finish 80 minutes and finish the season as hard as they can all the way to the end, no matter what the score line is” Kentwood coach Aaron Radford said. “I’m proud that they kept that in mind and didn’t get down on themselves. They were able to get a goal off of a corner situation and it was a good goal.
“One goal on the weekend is not what you want, but at least we got one out of it and got ourselves on the board.
“It didn’t quite fall our way (Friday) night and it didn’t quite fall our way Saturday, but can’t fault our effort. The guys put out everything they could”