GOLDENDALE – Snapping a four-game losing streak, Mabton defeated the host Goldendale Timberwolves 4-2 at last night’s soccer match.
The win improves Mabton to 0-1 in league play, 2-6 overall.
The Lady Vikes struck early and often, tallying a total of nine shots on goal.
Goldendale had just five scoring attempts Thursday night.
The first goal, made by Mabton, came in the fifth minute. Mabton midfielder Nikki Mireles crossed in a ball and a Goldendale defender deflected it. However, that defensive measure backfired as the ball went flying between the crossbars to give the Lady Vikings the goal.
At the 16-minute mark, Mabton scored again. Liz Martinez struck pay dirt from the 18-yard line.
“The ball was placed perfectly out of the reach of the (Goldendale) goalie,” said Mabton Coach Elizabeth Garcia.
Mabton had a 2-0 lead at intermission.
Goldendale wasn’t giving up, however.
Twelve minutes into the second half of the match, the Timberwolves were able to get past Mabton’s defenders to draw Goldendale to within 2-1.
Kara Thompson of the Timberwolves dribbled the ball toward the goal after a throw-in, marked her shot and booted it into the back of the net.
It took another 13 minutes before the ball would find the back of the net again. Mabton’s Christina Gonzalez maneuvered the ball past the Goldendale defense and took a shot as she approached the 18-yard line. The shot hit its mark, giving Mabton a 3-1 lead.
The Timberwolves’ second goal was the result of a referee calling a wrongful handball within minutes of the final whistle, said Garcia.
Goldendale was granted a penalty kick and Thompson capitalized on the opportunity, tightening Mabton’s lead to 3-2.
With just seconds remaining in regulation, Lady Viking Citlali Olivares gained possession of the ball after it was delivered by Gonzalez. Olivares capitalized on an opening in the defense and fired the ball past the keeper.
“The goalie didn’t even have time to react,” said Garcia.
She said Mabton played well last night, creating scoring opportunities and capitalizing on them.
Lady Viking keeper Britnee Guerrero recorded three saves, while her counterpart, Goldendale’s Meagan Stevens, denied Mabton on five scoring attempts.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lady Vikes will face their only league opponent Warden in an away affair.