It’s been on the minds of many, if not all, of the returning players on Stadium’s soccer team, and that is last year’s heart wrenching defeat to Emerald Ridge that ended their 2012 season. To say that there was a lot of resolve to put last year’s loss to rest is a gross understatement, as Stadium got goals from Max Harvey, Vlad Afichuk and Garret Harp for a 3-0 win in the district playoffs on May 11 at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
“They were great, they completely put last season’s loss into the distant-memory category,” said first-year Stadium head coach Adam Becker.
Harp got things going for Stadium in the 12th minute, scoring right in front of the net.
“It might have been our best match of the year,” said Harp of the victory.
The Tigers’ dominance at both ends was evident in the fact that Emerald Ridge would manage only three shots on goal in the match. Stadium struck again a few minutes before halftime when Afichuk scored in front of goal. Harvey would put the capper on the rout with a beautiful one-timer from 20 yards out that found the back of the net in the second half, setting the Tigers up with a trip to the Tri-Cities to face Richland in the first round of state.
“We focused really well on this game and not ahead to our next loser-out match,” Harvey said. “It was a great wire-to-wire win.”
But Richland would defeat Stadium by a score of 3-0 on May 14 in the opening matchup of the 4A state tournament to eliminate the Tigers from postseason play.
By Steve Mullen