Tahoma freshman Robby Guyer scored only 80 seconds into the match and added two more goals late as the Bears clinched a spot in the WIAA 4A boys state soccer championship match with a 4-2 semifinal win over Snohomish on Friday evening at Sparks Stadium.
Tahoma advanced to Saturday’s championship match against Wenatchee, which defeated Central Valley, 2-0, in Friday’s first semifinal.
The title match is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday and pairs teams that have each won their past nine matches. A win would give Tahoma its second state championship and first since the 1991-92 season.
Tahoma wasted little time before getting on the board Friday, as the Bears scored in the second minute. A corner kick from Charlie Wilcox found Guyer in the left side of the box about 15 yards out, and Guyer sent the ball into the right side of the net.
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“Words can’t even explain it,” Guyer said about scoring so early. “I was really shocked and really excited. It gave us a lot of hope that we could win and go on to the finals.”
The 1-0 advantage held up through the rest of the first half, as each team threatened but neither found the net again. Cris Garfias made it a two-score game in the 58th minute. A foul in the box set up a penalty kick for the Bears, which Garfias converted.
Guyer added his second goal to make it 3-0 in the 76th minute, charging down the middle of the field and making a move past the goalkeeper to set up a 15-yard shot into the open net.
Jason Fairhurst put Snohomish on the board less than a minute later, but Guyer responded by completing his first career hat trick with another open-net goal following a long drive down the field in the 80th minute.
Fairhurst added one more goal for Snohomish in the final seconds of stoppage time.
“They pressed really hard at the end, which left a lot of space up front,” Guyer said of Snohomish. “They’re a tough team, and they played really hard. We just pushed back really hard and scored some goals.”
The physical match saw 19 fouls against Tahoma, while Snohomish finished with 10.
Tahoma goalkeeper Collin Gage saved six shots, and the Bears finished with a 16-14 shot advantage.
Tahoma improved to 18-4 this season while handing Snohomish its first loss. The Panthers ended the year at 14-1-4.