Tony Crudo isn’t one to focus on goal setting. Instead, he just tells his team to play well.
“And if you play well, 99 percent of the time, it works out,” said Fife’s boys soccer coach.
On Saturday evening, it did just that as the Trojans won their first Class 2A state championship in school history with a 3-1 win against Cheney at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. A year ago, Fife broke a 25-year drought in the state tournament before losing to Lynden in the title game.
“It’s been a really good team,” Crudo said of the group that finished with a perfect 21-0 record. “It’s not a surprise that we were good – it’s a surprise that we were able to finish the job.” Read more »
A year after breaking a 25-season drought in the Class 2A state soccer championship game, the Fife Trojans are headed there again after a 2-0 shutout of Tumwater on Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium.
The Trojans will face Archbishop Murphy or Cheney at 4 p.m. today.
“It was a wonderful win,” said Fife coach Tony Crudo. “The goal in the kids’ minds all year long has been to get back here so we can get another shot. It’s so hard to get here.”
Fife controlled possession early on, with both of its goals coming in the first half. Senior forward Cesar Esquivel scored off a volley pass from freshman forward Victor Mansaray in the 18th minute, and sophomore defender Gilberto Garcia made what he called an unexpected shot in the 36th minute. Read more »
Nursing a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go until halftime, Bellarmine Prep boys soccer coach Joe Waters was making plans to talk about a conservative game plan for his team in the second half of its Class 4A state quarterfinal game against Puyallup.
His players had other ideas. They wanted to stay aggressive.
And Cooper Doxon’s goal in the 38th minute hammered the point home.
The Lions took advantage of the halftime lead and added two more goals in the second half, running away with a 4-1 quarterfinal win over the Vikings Saturday night at Harry Lang Stadium.
Bellarmine (14-1-2) will play Narrows League 4A champion Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals at Sparks Stadium. It will be the Lions’ seventh semifinal appearance under Waters. Read more »