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Mabton Vikings succumb to Granger Spartans, 2-0

GRANGER - A few missed shots and a couple of miscues cost the Mabton Viking soccer squad last night. Playing at Granger, the Vikes were blanked, 2-0.

The Spartans had a couple of lucky goals. The first goal came in the 30th minute when Freddy Sojo booted the ball from the 18-yard line. It struck a Mabton defender and deflected off keeper Kevin Garcia, hitting the back of the net.

The match had been pretty even until that point. The Vikings kept Granger's defenders on their heels for the first 15 minutes but the tables turned, as Mabton had to go on defense for the next 15 minutes.

"It was back and forth," said Viking Coach Junior Garcia.

Granger, however, maintained the 1-0 lead going into the half.

Mabton suffered a minor blow to its strategy, losing midfielder Mauricio Palomino to an injury. Garcia sent Juan Barajas onto the field to fill the hole.

"With 11 set players it was a challenge," said Garcia, noting Palomino is one of the team's key players.

He said the closing half of the match went much like the first half, and the Spartans capitalized on another scoring opportunity in the 60th minute.

"That goal was a lot like the first goal, but it was Miguel Muniz that took the shot," Garcia said.

Kevin Garcia of Mabton recorded nine saves and Granger keeper Gerardo Ochoa denied the Vikings six times.

Mabton had six shots on goal and the Spartans had 11 scoring opportunities.

The Vikings (2-2) will tomorrow (Saturday) host Wahluke.

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