Tuesday’s Boys Soccer: W.F. West, River Ridge Tie in Opener
By Matt Baide
W.F. West got on the board first, but River Ridge scored with less than five minutes left to force a 1-1 draw in a nonleague boys soccer opening game in Chehalis on Tuesday.
“I thought they played real well. I was really impressed with my younger ones,” W.F. West coach Tino Sanchez said. “We’re gonna give it hard, all we got. We’re going to do a lot more running, a lot more conditioning. I’m really impressed with this first group.”
The first half was scoreless, with each team trying to connect passes and get an early goal. Each team had chances, but both goalkeepers kept it scoreless after one half.
In the 55th minute, the Bearcats got on the board on a through ball that found Edward Guzman, beating the keeper 1-on-1 for a 1-0 lead.
“That was nice, that was picture perfect for me. The kids are working real hard and I liked it, it was real nice,” Sanchez said. “We had other opportunities just as they did, but our opportunities, we’ve got to get on them, we’ve got to win them.”
W.F. West tried to get another one to secure a victory, but a River Ridge corner kick bounced around in the box and was eventually scored by the Hawks in the 77th minute to tie the game. W.F. West had a late chance with a corner kick, but couldn’t find the net.
Sanchez was pleased with his team’s performance, and he has a group of eight seniors he’s excited to watch play in their final prep season.
“This senior group, I’ve really enjoyed them, the best I’ve ever had. I enjoy being around them and it’s a fun part,” Sanchez said. “Looking at Kynan Goldsby, he’s solid back there. Daniel’s (Ford) good in the goal. It’s just those things that happen, a bouncing ball in front of the goal, it happens, 9 times out of 10, they score, but we did pretty good.”
Sanchez felt like his team has some kinks to work out, but W.F. West (0-0-1) has a week to practice before traveling to Kelso next Tuesday for another nonleague game.
“Every team has kinks to work out. As a matter of fact, they did better than I expected, but we’ve got a lot of kinks and we’re going to work it, we’ll get it. We’ll be alright,” Sanchez said. “We’re going to be working on connecting passes and taking advantage of our opportunities. We’re going to be working on that tomorrow and we’ll see what goes on. I’m just jazzed and excited with the team.”
Note: United and Overlake played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday in a nonleague game in Redmond. Overlake is the defending state champions and beat United 1-0 in the first round of the state tournament. Hoquiam defeated Centralia 4-3 in a nonleague game in Hoquiam and Rochester fell to Orting 8-1 in Orting on Tuesday in a nonleague game.