Okanogan scored three goals in the first 13 minutes and five in the first half to cruise to a 8-0 win over Rochester in Wednesday night’s Class 1A first-round state boys soccer playoff game at Tumwater District Stadium.
The victory sends the Bulldogs to the state quarterfinals against University Prep on Saturday while the Warriors’ season ends at 14-4.
Okanogan, which is located 90 miles northeast of Wenatchee, had four players score in the first half – Jorge Marquez (third minute), Jason Perez (12th, 40th), Fabian Rodriguez (14th) and Justin Rivas (28th) goals – to grab a 5-0 advantage. Marquez and Rivas also scored in the second half.
Rochester, the top-seeded team from District IV and regular-season champion of the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division, had its 11-game winning streak snapped; its last loss prior to Wednesday was a 3-0 loss to Hoquiam on March 26.
The Warriors lost in the first round of the state playoffs for the third consecutive year.
CLASS 1A DISTRICT IV FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT
Elma, Rochester split: The Elma and Rochester fastpitch teams, which finished first and third, respectively, in the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division regular-season standings will face off at 11 a.m. Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out game of the 1A District IV tournament after each team split during Wednesday’s opening-round games at Fort Borst Park in Centralia.
Montesano topped Elma, 10-1, in the district semifinals after the Eagles downed Toledo/Winlock, 16-0, in the day’s first game.
Rochester, meanwhile, rebounded from its opening-round loss to Trico champion Woodland (7-1) with a 16-1 4-inning win over Kalama, ending the Chinooks’ season.
The winner of Saturday’s Elma-Rochester game faces the winner of Saturday’s other consolation game, Hoquiam-La Center, for a state seeding game at 3 p.m.
Woodland and Montesano won both their games Wednesday to qualify for state and will play in the district title game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Borst Park. preps.theolympian.com