BENTON CITY - "The game began really, really slow," Mabton Soccer Coach Junior Garcia said of last Friday's match-up against the Ki-Be Bears.
The match was scoreless at halftime, but the Vikings picked up the intensity in the closing half to secure a 2-0 win. The victory improves Mabton's record to 8-3 in league play, 9-4 overall.
"We had difficulty getting into play in the first half," said Garcia.
Scoring the first goal in the 55th minute was Guillermo "Gil" Macedo. He earned a free kick after being slip tackled from behind.
It took the Vikings another 10 minutes before Tony Espinosa capitalized on an open opportunity to score. Macedo provided the assist by crossing from the right side of the field. Espinosa, a JV player, headed the ball in, and it slipped past the Bears' keeper between the crossbars.
Garcia said, "I'm proud of the team, which is playing well. We have a few injuries that we are hoping will heal up prior to Districts."
Mabton's offense last Friday was able to keep the Bears on the defensive end of the field. The Vikings had 14 shots on goal and Ki-Be had just three scoring opportunities.
"We just needed to capitalize on more of our shots," said Garcia.
Mabton keeper Juan Macedo denied the Bears each time the ball came his direction.
The Vikings kept the Ki-Be keeper busy, and he was able to block the ball 12 times.
Mabton returns to its home field tomorrow (Tuesday) against Naches.