An own goal in the 78th minute gave Bonney Lake a 1-0 victory
PUYALLUP — Talk about a bounce.
Lucky for the Bonney Lake boys soccer team, a cruel twist of fate for Shorecrest.
The Panthers don’t care how they got it done. The school now has its first state-title trophy since opening in 2005.
Bonney Lake used the help of a Shorecrest player’s head for an own goal in the 78th minute for a 1-0 victory over the Scots in the Class 3A state championship match at Sparks Stadium.
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Zach Jones sent in a 51-yard free kick and it ricocheted off the head of Shorecrest freshman defender Kevin Musar and into the net.
“I was talking to my other defender, Joey Mack, and I told him, ‘I got this one,’ and I was just feeling it in the moment,” said Jones, a senior, who takes most of the Panthers’ free kicks. “I just knew I had to dump it in right in front of the keeper and see what would happen. I wanted a low, driven ball to just try and get a deflection off someone.”
Jones got his wish and the Panthers secured the state crown after starting this season 3-3 and losing three in a row to 4A schools in nonleague games.
“I would’ve never imagined us making it this far,” Jones said. “We were somewhat a young team, full of juniors. We had a tough preseason against some of the top 4A teams. Playoff season kicked off and we just kept on going and going.
“I’m so happy for our school.”
Jones vows to go by the trophy case in the future and admire the school’s first bit of major hardware.
“I can’t wait to take my kids there and tell them, ‘Look, I won this,’ ” he said.
Shorecrest’s Alex Day and Chris Iacolucci misfired on back-to-back shots in the 64th minute with Iacolucci just missed wide left of the goal.
On the decisive free kick, Jones was to target Tyler John — and almost found him.
“Tyler John is our target always and he’s very dynamic in the air,” said Bonney Lake coach Luke Helling-Christy, who has been the program’s only head coach. “We tried hit a low driven instead of a high looper and it was driven and it skipped off a player’s head.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. We’ve been chasing it for eight seasons. I know I can always go back and look at (the trophy) and relish this moment.”
Moxie Oseland recorded his 14th shutout of the season and made three saves for the Panthers.
Bonney Lake (19-4-0) had only qualified for state once, in 2011, and had never won a state match prior this year.
With 22 previous state trips, Shorecrest (16-4-4) owns three state titles in boys soccer. The Scots last won in 2009.
Bainbridge 3, Hanford 2, 2 OT
Rallying from a 2-0 deficit, junior Will Economy lifted Bainbridge (12-6-0) to a 3-2 victory over Hanford (15-8-0) in two overtimes as it settled for third place instead of a state title on Saturday in the consolation match at Sparks Stadium.
Economy’s back-heel rebound shot into the right corner in the 88th minute salvaged the Spartans’ state run best he could.
It was Bainbridge coach George Vukic’s final game with the team.
Bainbridge’s Michael Crowley scored twice in regulation to spur the comeback.