Something had to give with two tradition-rich boys soccer programs meeting in Saturday's Class 4A state quarterfinals at Snohomish High...
SNOHOMISH — Something had to give with two tradition-rich boys soccer programs meeting in Saturday’s Class 4A state quarterfinals at Snohomish High School.
And it was Camas’ defense that succumbed, quickly and dramatically, as Snohomish scored three goals within a four-minute span early in the first half en route to a 3-1 win over the Papermakers.
Two of Snohomish’s points were Camas own goals stemming from Blake Crutchfield throw-ins as the Panthers (19-1-0) advanced to the state semifinals for the sixth time.
“Back to the Final Four, and we like it,” said Snohomish coach Dan Pingrey. “It’s fun to see those matchups. [Camas coach Roland Minder] says he’s been there 19 years. I’ve been here 14 years. The thing he’s always had with his groups — sometimes there’s talent, sometimes more talent — is they play hard.”
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Camas moved up to 4A this season after many years in 3A. Both teams have reached state 15 times with the Papermakers owning three state titles — all in 3A — and the Panthers taking 4A crowns in 2005 and 2006.
The Panthers move into Friday’s 4A state semifinals against Jefferson (16-0-4), a 1-0 winner over Inglemoor earlier Saturday.
Camas finished 15-5.
Snohomish got a fortunate bounce over the end line off the foot of Camas’ Dekotah Keough resulted in a 1-0 lead for Snohomish in the 16th minute. Keough was the last to touch on a pinball sequence following a corner kick from Alex Daza.
In the 18th minute, Crutchfield’s long throw-in slipped through the grasp of Camas goalkeeper Sharif Batroukh and into the net for an own goal and a 2-0 lead.
In the 20th minute, another long throw by Crutchfield found the back of the net for another own goal, this time off Papermaker defender Lucas Ulmer, giving the Panthers a 3-0 cushion.
“I was trying to do that, and it was lucky, but I’m glad it happened,” said Crutchfield, who has contributed to several goals this year off throw-ins. “I’ll do anything to help us win.”
Houston Taie got one back for Camas in the 64th minute, firing a free kick in off the cross bar from 33 yards away.
Snohomish junior goalkeeper Ryan Peters made nine saves.