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Williams strikes twice to lead shorthanded Lady Vikes

MABTON - Micki Williams scored two goals to pace the Mabton Lady Viking soccer team to a 2-1 victory last night over visiting Wahluke.

Williams scored her first goal in Thursday night's season opener in the 22nd minute when she booted in a deflection by the Warrior keeper.

"Micki was really good about getting to the ball after their keeper deflected it," said Coach Elizabeth Garcia.

Wahluke tied the contest in the 62nd minute on a crossing shot.

The contest remained tied at 1-1 before Williams struck again with less than 10 minutes to play.

Garcia said Williams scored the game winner on a breakaway attempt, knocking in the deciding goal from about 18 yards out.

"Towards the end we were pushing to get the win, Micki was really hungry for those shots," the coach said.

Both squads recorded nine shots on goal, with Mabton keeper Mary Ellen Gutierrez hustling for eight saves to keep the Lady Vikes in the game.

Getting a win to open the season was great, but Garcia noted it was even more remarkable because her team played the entire match with just 10 players - spotting Wahluke a one-player advantage.

The coach said Mabton was down a player because of eligibility issues. "We weren't sure if we were going to have enough girls to pull it off. If we had any less we couldn't have played."

The key to outgunning Wahluke, Garcia added, was that "we played a strong defense and executed well after shots were taken."

She says Mabton should be at full strength for a match against visiting Warden this Saturday.

"It was a very great start to the season, we're very excited to see what happens from here on out," said Garcia.

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