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Spartans best Mabton girls

GRANGER - Two days after an apparent missed call cost the Lady Viking soccer team a likely goal, the referees were a no-show last Saturday when Mabton traveled to Granger for a non-league contest.

"I don't really know why no one showed up," said Mabton Coach Elizabeth Garcia. "Someone from Granger reffed the game so we treated it like a scrimmage."

With a replacement ref joining them on the pitch, both teams gave it their best shot and the game remained scoreless through regulation and two overtime periods.

That set the stage for a penalty kick shootout.

Again the two sides remained tight and after 11 tries Granger was finally able to eke out a 4-3 advantage.

Connecting during the shootout phase for Mabton were Diana Leon, Maricela Chavez and Lorena Aguilar.

Keeper Maryellen Gutierrez, named homecoming queen for Mabton the night before, kept the Lady Vikes close with four saves.

Mabton had some chances of its own in regulation, but came up empty on all six attempts at goal.

Approaching it as a scrimmage minus official refs, Garcia said the experience had its benefits. "I was kind of glad to see it go into penalty kicks to see how the girls would do under pressure."

As for the referee issues the past two matches - not to mention having to play league matches with just one instead of the typical three officials - Garcia says she'll be visiting with Mabton's athletic director to see what can be done. "We'll figure out what is going on," she says.

In the meantime, the Lady Vikes will continue their season tomorrow (Tuesday) at Royal.

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