MABTON - The Mabton Vikings were victorious at home yesterday against the Wahluke Warriors, winning the league soccer match 3-0.
It was Mabton's fourth match in the last six days.
The Vikes improved their league record to 4-1, 4-2 overall.
Coach Junior Garcia said he was proud of the Mabton boys' efforts on the field Monday evening.
"They really connected with one another," he said, stating the team worked to communicate well.
The match was scoreless at halftime, but Mabton returned to the field with visions of scoring.
It was that focus that propelled the Vikings to force the ball toward the Warrior goal just three minutes into the closing half.
Guillermo Macedo gained possession and got through the Wahluke defense and connected with teammate Edgar Cisneros. Cisneros spotted an open shot at the crossbars and took advantage of the opportunity to score the first goal of the match.
After nearly 20 minutes of battling back-and-forth with the Warriors, the duo connected again. Cisneros got the ball to Macedo at the 60-minute mark, and Macedo scored.
The final goal was attributed to the pair's teamwork again. Cisneros scored with eight minutes left in the match off an assist by Macedo.
Both teams had nine opportunities apiece to score, but Garcia said the Viking defense was solid.
"My defense, as well as keeper Gerardo Barajas, did an outstanding job," said Garcia.
"The team played well," he said.
Garcia credited Wahluke for creating its own opportunities to score, stating, "They just couldn't finish because my keeper was able to stop it."
This coming Thursday Mabton hosts 2A Grandview in a non-league contest.