The storybook season of the Tyee boys soccer team ended with a controversial chapter Saturday as the Totems lost 2-1 to Cheney in overtime...
SUMNER — The storybook season of the Tyee boys soccer team ended with a controversial chapter Saturday as the Totems lost 2-1 to Cheney in overtime in the 2A state championship match.
Tyee, which had not reached the state tournament since 1982 and had never won a state match until winning three straight to reach Saturday’s finals, led 1-0 after a goal by Liam Maginniss in the 13th minute.
Then, confusion. In the 30th minute, Cheney’s Oliver Smith was on the ground with an injury. Officials did not stop play, however, and even though Tyee had tapped the ball out of bounds, a common gesture of courtesy during apparent injuries, the ball was live on Cheney’s subsequent throw-in.
Tyee’s defenders, unclear on whether the ball was live, were caught flat-footed as Cheney’s Micah Weller dribbled upfield and, with a one-on-one opening against freshman goalkeeper Alan Mora, knocked in the game-tying goal.
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Cheney’s Ian Scimandle scored the game-winner from four yards out to give the Blackhawks (20-2-0) their first state title after losing four of the last five 2A finals.
A Tyee protest delayed the start of the second half by 20 minutes.
“I really don’t care to comment about it right now,” Tyee coach Allan Rider said after the match. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m filled with immense pride for everything they (Tyee’s players) have done this season. I don’t feel regret, just heartbreak.”
In soccer protocol, it’s common to assume a ball that had been played out of bounds would be played back toward Tyee’s goalkeeper after a courtesy kick-out as a return courtesy. Instead, it became a scoring chance.
Said Cheney coach Mark Kiver: “We just thought the ball was thrown in. The referee didn’t make any indication. We would give it back to them if they were trying to do something to help us out. But by the time it (the ball) was ready to go back in our player I guess had popped up.
“I didn’t understand that. We were trying to get subs, and we couldn’t get the official’s attention. We thought everyone was stopped because everybody but the officials knew we wanted to sub. But the official kept having the game go. It’s kind of a weird thing.
“It’s kind of too bad. In the back of everyone’s mind there might be an asterisk. But we tell everybody, you’ve got to play to the whistle. When the ball’s rolling and the official is just looking at it and the lineman is advancing like it’s live play, well, let’s play. We’ve got to play.”
Chelan 3, Seattle Christian 1
The 1A runner-up a year ago, Chelan (20-3-0) claimed its first state boys soccer title with three first-half goals in its win over the Warriors (19-2-0).
Eleazar Galvan put Chelan up 1-0 in the second minute on a 35-yard free kick that zoomed just beneath the cross bar. Joshua Gehrke tied it for Seattle Christian in the 24th minute with a 25-yard free kick that deflected off a defender.
Erik Garcia put Chelan up 2-1 just 38 seconds later by rolling in a shot from just outside the box. Garcia further deflated the Warriors by blasting home a goal with just two seconds left in the half.
“It obviously hurt,” Seattle Christian coach David Peters said of the second Chelan goal, “and then they got the third goal right before the half. We thought we’d get our guys all put together. But even in the second half we could never really turn the offense on them.”
Chelan outshot Seattle Christian 21-12.
“I think we got outplayed,” Peters said. “They had a couple of guys who just took it to us. Our season was incredible, but I guess you can’t win ’em all.”
In 2A, Michael Moser had seven saves and Kyle Witzel scored in the 67th minute to give Sedro-Woolley (16-6-2) a 1-0 win over Ridgefield (18-5-1).
• In 1A, Cody Fransen scored two second-half goals and Ben Knibbe added another as Lynden Christian (15-7-3) posted a 3-1 win over Okanogan (13-10-0).