COWICHE - It was déjà vu all over again, according to Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis, explaining how the Vikings ended play this past Saturday.
"Mabton finished their season just as they started, in a shootout with a quality team," he said.
Highland won the first round District tourney match 3-2 after both teams tied after regulation time and were forced into a shootout situation when neither team could score in the two five-minute overtime periods.
The Vikings scored first in regulation play in the fifth minute to take a 1-0 lead. Mabton Coach Junior Garcia said Crisantos Chavez delivered a pass to teammate Tony Espinosa. Espinosa then dribbled between a couple of Highland players and drilled a shot towards the goal.
"It was hard shot," Garcia said. "The keeper dove to get the ball, he got a hand on it but the shot was too hard and it went in."
The Scotties got the equalizer in the 28th minute of play when Miguel Muniz tied it up.
Mabton went into halftime tied 1-1 and both teams played a majority of the second half without scoring. That changed in the 68th minute of play when Mabton's Jesus Rios scored from 18 yards out. Garcia said Rios' shot went over the head of the Highland keeper for the goal.
Up 2-1 the Vikings tried to hang on for the win, but the Scotties were able to tie the game in the 78th minute of play, forcing overtime. Once the match entered the shootout, the Scotties were able to get four goals to Mabton's two.
Damien Diaz recorded 10 saves for the Vikings. Highland's keeper, Antonio Gonzalez, had seven saves for the Scotties.
"I am very proud of my boys, we finished the season with 13 players, most of them freshmen and sophomores, and they gave all that they had to the game," Davis said.
Garcia concurred, noting the team is a good bunch of kids that are all young and should be back next season.
"It was a blast coaching them," Garcia added.
Mabton concluded the season with an overall record of 7-10.