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Mabton loses match in overtime shootout

MATTAWA - Mabton's soccer season is waning and this past Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wahluke doesn't bode well for the postseason.

Viking Coach Junior Garcia said the Warriors and Mabton were evenly matched through regulation. The match remained scoreless and the teams were forced into overtime.

"We struggled to put the ball away," said Garcia, noting neither team was able to score in the first overtime period.

They battled through a second overtime and continued to remain scoreless.

The Vikings and the Warriors had to go head-to-head in a shootout and Wahluke prevailed after three of its players hit the back of the net.

Crisantos Chavez was the lone Viking to get the ball between the crossbars in the shootout.

"It was a tough game," said Garcia, stating both teams played aggressively. They had to adjust to windy conditions, as well as to each other's style of play.

He said, "It was a tough way to go out...it was disappointing to end one of the toughest games of the season this way."

Garcia said a win would have helped the Vikings secure a playoff berth. "We really needed it," he said.

The Vikings (4-9) will this coming Thursday play their last home match against Royal.

"The next three matches promise to be hard played...we have to work on putting the ball away," said Garcia, stating Mabton will be challenged as it completes the regular season.

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