RICHLAND - Marcos Medina tallied 10 minutes into the second half and it proved to be enough as Wa-Hi clinched its first-ever Big Nine boys soccer championship here Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over Richland.
"Thank goodness it's over," a relieved Blue Devil coach Mike Washington said afterward. "It was stressful knowing we had to win one of two (matches to win the league championship). We played well enough. They've got some good players and made it very difficult.
"We had problems initially adjusting to their field," Washington said of the pitch that he described as the largest in the league. "We changed some tactical things at halftime. We decided to take them on a little bit, get some one-on-one situations and that's how the goal came about."
Sean Williams played an inside-outside ball from the midfield area to Medina - stationed on the left side of the field. He cut in on the right and launched a shot into the upper right corner of the Bombers' goal.
"It was a beautiful goal, a tremendous finish," Washington said.
Goalie Andrew Glaeser made Medina's marker stand up. The junior captain stopped five shots while recording the shu out.
"We always expect that from him," Washington said. "He takes most things clean and does the right things at the right time. He's a workman-like goalkeeper.
"We played better defensively, which limited what he had to do," Washington continued.
Wa-Hi will take glossy records - 11-2 in league and 13-2 overall - into its regular-season finale. The Blue Devils host West Valley on Tuesday at 5 p.m.