BOYS PREP SOCCER
BENTON CITY – Yesterday’s soccer match between Mabton and Ki-Be was a testament of overwhelming dominance.
The Viking soccer team showed its strength on the field with an 11-1 victory.
Mabton showed a good balance in its scoring as six different players got the ball into the back of the net.
First to draw blood was Tony Espinoza on his way to a hat trick. He got the ball between the crossbars in the seventh minute of the match off an assist by Jose Gonzalez.
Espinoza scored the next goal just three minutes later off an assist by Oscar Aguilar.
It took just one minute more for the Vikings to score the third goal. Espinoza delivered the ball to Daniel Cambron for the goal.
“The Vikings were fast and furious with the ball,” said Mabton Coach Junior Garcia.
The fourth Viking goal came in the 14th minute of the match when Aguilar scored on an assist by Espinoza.
Ki-Be finally got in on the scoring action in the 24th minute. The unidentified player took advantage of a shot that rebounded off a Mabton defender.
Mabton had a 4-1 lead at intermission, but was hungry for more.
The Vikings returned to the field in full force, getting another goal two minutes in. Cambron scored after teammate Mauricio Palominos delivered a pass.
Five minutes later, Palominos teamed up with Miguel Abundiz near the goal, delivered the pass and Abundiz capitalized to give Mabton a 6-1 lead.
It was Gonzalez’s turn to score next. In the 56th minute he capitalized on a deflected shot.
Palominos was the next to score for the Vikes in the 61st minute. Cambron provided the assist.
Espinoza was responsible for Mabton’s 10th goal, scoring on an assist by Palominos.
Aguilar, with just eight minutes until the final whistle, put the ball away for the final time. The assist was provided by Cambron.
“I think (Mabton) did a good job handling the ball in spite of the weather,” said Garcia.
He said there were strong gusts throughout the match, but Mabton kept the ball close to the Ki-Be goal.
The Vikes had 25 scoring opportunities, keeping Ki-Be’s goalkeeper busy in the goal box. He denied 14 shots.
“He did a good job,” said Garcia.
Mabton’s keeper, Juan Macedo, kept the ball from getting between the crossbars seven times. The Bears slipped the ball toward the Viking goal for a total of eight scoring attempts.
Tomorrow (Thursday) the MabtonHigh soccer team (3-0) will host Granger.