PUYALLUP – After a dormant first day at the final four of the State 4A soccer tournament, the Central Valley Bears offense roared to life during Saturday’s consolation game victory over Snohomish.
The Bears won, 4-1, in a rematch of last year’s championship game.
Though both teams lost their semifinal matchups Friday – CV to Wenatchee, a burgeoning rival, and Snohomish to Tahoma – Saturday’s matchup was fraught with plenty of meaning.
Emotions ran so high that a Snohomish senior was shown a red card in the final minute of his last high school game thanks to a hard, coldly calculated foul.
While the typically dominant CV offense struggled throughout Friday’s loss, the Bears attack was on point from the outset against Snohomish. Nathan Grinalds scored with a header off JD Hauenstein’s entry pass to open up the scoring in the 16th minute, and before the minute was over, CV scored again when Mark McClain faked out the goalie on a break-in. McClain would have scored a couple minutes earlier, if not for a nifty save from Snohomish goalkeeper Cole Strickland.
CV (17-4) capped its scoring with a flourish, scoring its final goal when Riley Baker split two defenders with some fine dribbling and deftly zipped the ball to McClain, who immediately punched it into the net, giving the Bears all the insurance they would need to cruise to victory, and payback.
Hauenstein scored the other goal, finishing a pretty cross from Grinalds.
Wenatchee knocked off Tahoma 1-0 in the championship game.
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