GRANGER - "Mabton came out to play against the Spartans," Mabton Assistant Soccer Coach Mike Davis said of yesterday's 7-2 win over Granger.
The Vikings opened up the match, taking the ball downfield and dribbling past the Granger defenders. Tony Espinoza of Mabton let the ball sail into the net at the five-minute mark, to get the Vikings on the right foot.
The ball was taken to centerfield for a kickoff, and Mabton went on the attack again. Hector Brambila got possession of the ball on a long pass from the center and scored a second goal at the seven-minute mark.
Six minutes later the ball was again lobbed to Brambila near the goal. He kicked it past Granger keeper Ulyses Lemus, putting Mabton up 3-0.
The Vikings were on a roll and they were fired up. Mabton quickly took advantage of the ball at the kickoff and Espinoza got the ball past the crossbars at the 14-minute mark.
It took a little longer for the next goal, but Mabton's Gill Macedo in the 21st minute scored another goal off a corner kick.
Full of adrenaline and enthusiasm for all they had been doing, the Vikings continued to be the aggressor against the Spartans. It only took Mabton two minutes more before Brambila was given a penalty shot. He capitalized on that opportunity and scored his third goal of the match. The Vikings were up 6-0 as a result.
The match came to a stand-off leading to the half, and Mabton wasn't able to score any more goals in the opening half.
Both teams recharged at the half, and the Spartans took to the field with a need to recover.
At the 55-minute mark and again four minutes later, Granger's Jovany Andrade was able to score the Spartans' only two goals in the match.
Davis said Brambila had been taking a breather. He came off the bench near the 60-minute mark, however, and was hungry for another goal.
"Hector wasn't finished yet," shared the coach.
He took to the field and was given the opportunity to tally the final point at the 62-minute mark.
Mabton keeper Gerardo Barajas had eight saves in the match.
Lemus held the Vikings off a total of seven times.
Next Wednesday, April 28, Mabton (5-6-1) takes to the field again at Highland.