On Thursday night, Kennewick beat Kamiakin to earn a sub regional berth in Boy's 3A high School soccer... or so they had thought? After the game, the Braves filed a protest on a Kamiakin shootout goal that referees said didn't count.
Today, several Big 9 Athletic Directions agreed with the Braves protest, saying that officials misinterpreted the rules. With that ruling, the game picking up Friday night at Lampson stadium in the third round of the shootout with the disallowed Braves goal being counted.
Kennewick head coach Brian Gochoel said about the ruling, " It's not a fact of me being satisfied or unsatisfied ... But that was the ruling and we just have to accept the decision that was made."
Kamiakin led 3-2 in the shootout win play resumed. The Braves would take a 6-5 lead in the seventh round of the shootout after Cley Burns' buried his opportunity. All Kamiakin needed was a stop, and they got it from senior keeper Shad Harp, to win and advance to play Pasco Saturday. Meaning Kamiakin and not Kennewick moved on to play Pasco Saturday.
After the game Gochoel added , "We're gutted to be honest with you. We don't necessarily need to like the decision."
Braves senior goalie Shad Harp, who also scored in the shootout said, "I knew we couldn't do any worse than last night so it was only up for us. I can't even explain the feeling that you get when you make that save. "
Sophomore midfielder Cley Burns who had the game winning goal added, "There is a lot of rivalry between us, especially after this win we just had, a lot of tension for next season."