MABTON – Warden last night was determined to prove this past Monday’s 1-0 win over the Lady Vikings was legit.
The Cougars went on the attack from the beginning of Thursday night’s match, and Brylee Whitney at the 10-minute mark secured the first goal.
She got the goal after Mabton keeper Cristina Gonzalez blocked a shot and the ball ricocheted to Whitney.
The Lady Vikings held the Cougar attack off through the remainder of the opening half.
It was five minutes into the second half that Whitney, on her way to securing a hat trick, got the ball between the crossbars again. She didn’t let the score stand at 2-0, booting the ball into the back of the net a third time in the 49th minute.
The last goal was scored by Warden’s Brenna Whitney. Brylee Whitney delivered a pass to Brenna, who capitalized on the scoring opportunity.
The Cougars had nine scoring opportunities, five of which were denied by Gonzalez.
Mabton was unable to capitalize on five shots on goal, all of which were blocked by Warden keeper Deianeira Caudle.
“It was a tough game for us,” Mabton Coach Elizabeth Garcia said of the 4-0 loss.
She said the Lady Vikings were challenged both mentally and physically.
“There is still a void in our team…two of our strong defenders were in a car accident so we are still working on our adjustment and making sure we don’t defeat ourselves,” she said.
Mabton (1-5, 2-7) takes to the home pitch next Tuesday against Royal.