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Vikes claim shootout victory over Warden

MABTON - This past Saturday's game against Warden was the tightest the Mabton boys soccer team has had this season. The two teams were tied 1-1 in overtime and the match was down to the wire.

The Vikings were able to outshoot the Cougars 5-4 in the shootout, however, securing the second win of the season for Mabton.

"We played much better this game," said Mabton Coach Andy Dyer, explaining the Vikings were aggressive and controlled the ball.

Neither team was able to score a goal in the first half of the match. Mabton's Hector Brambila secured the first goal at the 12-minute mark in the second half.

Warden answered with its own goal six minutes later.

Dyer said Mabton sweeper Tony Mendez did a great job of preventing the Cougars from getting the ball very close to the Vikings' goal.

When the ball did get within range of the goal, goal keeper Luis Aviles of the Vikings saved the shots. He had four saves this past Saturday and blocked a penalty shot.

Aviles went on to score the winning penalty shot against Warden's keeper.

Brambila, Sergio Vargas, Olegario Sanchez and Ebony Delgado all came through with the other overtime shootout shots to put Warden away.

Mabton's JV team also competed Saturday, and tied Warden's JV 1-1.

The Vikings (2-4) return to the field Tuesday, April 7, when they host Goldendale.

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