Pasco Soccer Again Making Run at State TitlePosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash. --The Pasco Boy's Soccer Team definitely has a record of success and this year, they are again being ranked as one of the top teams in the state.
But, how much stock should any high school team take in a state ranking? If you ask Pasco Boy's Head Soccer Coach Matt Potter, he'll tell you.
"I don't know what it's based on frankly," said Potter. "I don't know who puts it together. Until you see everyone play, who knows. And I know no one has seen every team play in this state. So, I think rankings are whatever."
He has a point. In the beginning of the season, the Seattle Times ranked the Bulldogs 6th in 4A. They play in 3A. Currently Pasco is 3rd in the state in 3A, partially based on reputation. In the last 4 seasons, Pasco has made it to State. That success is something the Bulldogs expect to achieve year in and year out. One reason is that Coach Potter coached Seattle University to a national title in 2004.
"It was great," said Potter. "All titles are great. The hard work is key. Certainly, I know everyone says it but you actually have to do it."
"Everybody says they want to play for Pasco if they could, cause we're the best," said junior Derek Zimmerman. "I mean it's kind of our reputation now. I mean, that's how we view it at least."
Making things difficult for Pasco, the absence of their starting goalie, due to family reasons.
"[We are] being supportive, trying to help him out as much as we can, trying to convince him to stay," said senior Jose Madrigal. "It's actually pretty tough. We all supported him. We knew if we were in his position we'd probably do the same thing you know."
As Pasco moves forward, they'll seek their 3rd state title, their first since 2007.