Mabton blanked by Scotties, 4-0

BOYS PREP SOCCER

COWICHE – “Highland had a good match,” Mabton Coach Junior Garcia said of last night’s soccer match in Cowiche.

He said the host Scotties have a large field. That made it difficult for the Vikings, who are accustomed to playing in smaller venues.

Mabton, said Garcia, struggled Tuesday with its passing. That caused some miscues and gave Highland an advantage.

Jose Serna of the Scotties opened the match with a goal in the 16th minute, giving host Highland the first goal on its way to a 4-0 victory.

At the 23-minute mark, Tomas Alvarez of Highland got the ball past Mabton keeper Juan Macedo for the second goal of the match.

The Vikings were able to defend the back of the net through the remainder of the opening half.

Highland kept up the attack on its way to 10 shots on goal.

Just eight minutes into the closing half Highland’s Juan Saucedo hit pay dirt, getting the ball between the crossbars in the 48th minute.

Again, the Vikings heavily defended the ball and kept the score to 3-0 until just four minutes were left on the clock.

That’s when Manny Ramon maneuvered into position and lobbed the ball into the back of the net for the Scotties’ fourth and final goal of the match.

Mabton had five scoring opportunities throughout the evening, but was unable to capitalize on them as Armando Lopez of the Scotties defended the goal.

“I hope we play better when they come to our field (on May 6),” said Garcia.

Mabton (3-6) has a long way to go before that match, which will end the 2014 regular season.

The Vikings tomorrow (Thursday) will travel to Naches and this coming Saturday will be on Connell’s field.



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