MABTON - Use of the long ball isn't just confined to baseball.
Just ask the Lady Viking soccer team, which last night fell victim to visiting Kiona-Benton's power game by a score of 4-2.
"Ki-Be has a lot of powerful, big girls and they have tremendous power on their kicks," said Mabton Coach Elizabeth Garcia. "They like to kick a lot of long balls and they're well known for that. It seems like they can shoot from anywhere."
The job for Mabton's defense Thursday night was to fend off those long kicks and it proved to be a struggle.
"Our defense wasn't used to that," Garcia said.
The Bears showed off their prowess from long distance early in last night's match, striking for two goals in the first 15 minutes.
Both scores originated from long kicks that made it past Mabton defenders.
The Lady Vikes battled, though, and in the 30th minute Micki Williams found the back of Ki-Be's net thanks to an assist from Maricela Chavez.
That cut the deficit in half, with Mabton down 2-1 at the half.
Ki-Be scored what proved to be the winning goal just 10 minutes into the second half on a corner kick miscue by Mabton. "Our defender missed the ball and their player took off with the ball," Garcia said.
Williams, scoring her fifth goal in the past two games, gave Mabton momentary hope in the 67th minute when she gathered in a pass from teammate Soila Zaragoza and pushed the ball past Ki-Be's keeper to pull the Lady Vikes within 3-2.
But the Bears slammed the door shut for good on Mabton's hopes with a goal in the 71st minute to seal the victory.
For the match, Ki-Be's power game provided 11 shots on goal and sent Mabton keeper Maryellen Gutierrez scurrying for seven saves.
Mabton had its share of chances last night, recording eight shots on goal. "We created some other pretty good opportunities but missed them," Garcia said.
Mabton (3-4, 4-8) plays at Wahluke next Tuesday.