Hanford Champion
Year: 2013
Team: Soccer (Boys)
State Tournament - Fourth Place
May 25, 2013 Match

The Hanford boys soccer team got to the Class 3A state semifinals playing team soccer. Once the Falcons got to the Final Four at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, however, they found out just how dangerous one-on-one battles can be, too.

Hanford took a 2-0 lead Saturday against Bainbridge, the defending 3A champion, before Michael Crowley scored two unanswered goals for the Spartans to send the game into overtime. Will Economy, who assisted Crowley on the equalizing goal, picked up the game-winner in the third minute of the second overtime, giving Bainbridge the win. Hanford, which returned to the Final Four for just the second time in school history, took fourth.

“(The game-winner) was kind of a lucky deal on their end,” Falcons coach Mike Pardini said. “They got on something that should have been cleared and stuck it in the back of the net.”

Michael Parkman gave Hanford a 1-0 lead, scoring off an assist from Joseph Ghirardo in the 19th minute. The Falcons made it 2-0 six minutes later on a goal by Will Bishop. But that lead wouldn’t hold for long. Crowley scored five minutes before the half to cut the lead to 2-1 and again five minutes into the second half to tie it.

“We did a good job as a team, but we got broke down individually,” Pardini said. “Toward the end of regulation we had all the chances in the world we could have finished.”

Pardini, who took over the Hanford program this year, was proud of what the Falcons accomplished. “As a coach, I’m able to withdraw and see what an amazing journey it was for these guys,” he said. “Their work rate was second to no one. We got to see some great teams in the playoffs, but we matched up with all of them.”

Scoring—1, H, Michael Parkman (Joseph Ghirardo), 19:00; 2, H, Will Bishop, 25:00; 3, B, Michael Crowley, 35:00; 4, B, Crowley (Will Economy), 45:00; 5, B, Economy, 88:00.

Shots—B 10, H 13.

Saves—B 11, H, Jacob Thiel 7.

May 24, 2013 Match

Bonney Lake High School’s early lead in the Class 3A state semifinal soccer game was in jeopardy.

Hanford was pushing hard to get the equalizer, but the Panthers regained control with a timely second-half goal by Brody Fitzsimmons and went on to win 3-1 on Friday afternoon at Sparks Stadium.

Bonney Lake (18-4) will play Shorecrest (16-3), a 3-2 winner over Bainbridge, in today’s championship game at 2 p.m.

The Panthers led 1-0, thanks to an early goal by Tyler John, who scored from about 15 yards out on a free kick.

That’s how the score remained until the 41st minute. Colton Tracy floated a pass across the middle for Fitzsimmons, who calmly deposited it in the right corner of the goal for an easy score and a more comfortable 2-0 lead.

“At halftime we needed to come out and put a better performance in the first 20 minutes,” Bonney Lake coach Luke Helling-Christy said. “We got it in the first couple minutes.”

Hanford (14-7) fought back, scoring in the 57th minute when Kelly Smith headed in a shot off a corner kick, somersaulting over his defender’s back in the process.

“We’re more of a defensive team, so it’s unfortunate that we got scored on so early because it kind of changes our game plan,” Hanford coach Mike Pardini said.

“So we had to push and change things, and obviously the second goal made a big difference.”

When it looked like Hanford was starting to make a final push, the Panthers struck back in the 76th minute.Suwilanji Silozi, the SPSL 3A’s offensive MVP, centered a pass on a breakaway for Fitzsimmons, who was trailing the play. Goalkeeper Jacob Thiel broke on the ball, but Fitzsimmons beat him to it and scored to push the lead to 3-1.

Bonney Lake stymied the Falcons’ offense all afternoon, leaving few good looks at the goal.

“We stuck to our assignments defensively,” Helling-Christy said.“They weren’t really able to break us down. The only way they looked dangerous was on set pieces, which is what they scored on in the corner.”

“The chances were there, regardless of the (number) shots,” Pardini added. “At the end of the day, if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.”