Ingraham stuns defending champs in state boys soccer debut
Two second-half goals by Benjamin Kos lift Rams over Bonney Lake, 2-1
Special to The Seattle Times
SUMNER — Ingraham made its first appearance in the state boys soccer tournament a memorable one.
A pair of second-half goals by Benjamin Kos and terrific net-minding by goalkeeper Harper Smith-Strange lifted the Rams to a 2-1 first-round victory over No. 1-ranked Bonney Lake Tuesday night at Sunset Chev Stadium and advanced the Rams (11-4-4) to the state 3A quarterfinals.
Ingraham will meet Shorewood, a 1-0 winner over Nathan Hale on Tuesday night. Bonney Lake, the defending state 3A champion, finishes at 14-3-1.
Euphoric Ingraham players left the field chanting “Three more wins!”
And third-year coach Paul Aur acknowledged that after stunning the state’s No. 1 team, anything is possible.
“This is the most amazing group I’ve ever worked with,” he said.
Bonney Lake controlled the first half and led at halftime on a header by senior Tyler John in the 10th minute. But Aur changed formations at halftime, moving wide strikers into the middle.
Momentum shifted in the 49th minute when Kos gathered a long pass from Akaash Shah and, catching Bonney Lake’s keeper 10 yards off the line, squibbed a slow roller inside the far post to tie it at 1-1.
In the 77th minute, a shot by Kevin Leonzo-Perez deflected to Kos directly in front of the goal mouth and, one-on-one with the keeper from 5 yards away, punched in the deciding goal. “I had time to trap it, take my time, drink some coffee and put it in,” he said.
Bonney Lake made it tough for the Rams. A blast by Dalton Ogdon was acrobatically turned aside by Smith-Strange in the closing minutes of the first half. Not long after, a Panther shot caromed off an upright, and senior midfielder Ari Perimutter dropped back to the goal line to block a late shot by Bonney Lake’s Joey Mack.
“In our eyes they (the Panthers) had a strong first half,” said Ingraham senior Duncan Greeley. “ We came into the locker room with zero fire, but our coaches and our captains gave speeches, and after that, we were ready to go.”