Granger fall to Connell, 2-0

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Granger’s Rolando Guzman sprints past Connell captain Jose Fraga.

GRANGER — Granger fell to top ranked Connell, 3- 0, last night.

In the first half the two teams went toe to toe, with both having opportunities to score.

And in the 30th minute the Eagles broke the deadlock with Alexis Ayuso netting the first goal.

The Spartans opened up the second half with attacking soccer, moving into Connell’s half but were unable to find the equalizer.

Late in the game the Eagles doubled the lead with Gerardo Reyes making a goal in the 65th minute. 10 minutes later, Connell’s Pablo Gil made the final goal of the game as they won 3-0.

“The goals could have been avoided, but it just shows that we have things to work on,” coach Salvador Mendoza said.

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Granger forward Israel Roman puts pressure on the Connell keeper Josue Vargas.

“Overall we did a great job going up against a quality team like Connell,” he said.

Granger had 10 shots on target with keeper Christian Salud making nine saves.

Connell had 14 shots on goal with goalkeeper Josue Vargas having five saves.

Granger (2-4-1) host reigning state champions Highland (7-2-1) this Thursday. Kick-off is 4 p.m. at Granger High School.

“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re going to have to play our best to get a good result,” Mendoza said.

SUNNYSIDE

MOSES LAKE — Sunnyside soccer were defeated by Moses Lake, 2-0, last night.

In the first half both teams were unable to get a goal, going scoreless into halftime.

Moses Lake went up ahead with Saul Maciel making a goal in the 52nd minute for a 1-0 lead.

And in the final minute of the game, the Chiefs Tyler Mullan doubled the lead to end Sunnyside’s three game win streak.

The Grizzlies (7-2) play Davis (9-2) at home this Friday. JV starts at 5 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. Both games will be at Sunnyside High School.

MABTON

MABTON — The Vikings soccer team won, 4-3, in penalties over Wapato last night after being tied, 3-3.

Mabton went up early in the game with Jose Gonzalez making a goal in the 10th minute.

11 minutes later, it was Gonzalez again getting the rebound and tucking it home for a 2-0 lead.

Things took a turn in the second half as the Wolves made the first of three unanswered goals in the 50th minute. Armando Garcia took a shot that ricocheted off a Mabton defender to lower the deficit to just two goals.

In the 70th minute, Wapato began a counter attack with Hector Jeronimo making the equalizer.

A few minutes later the Wolves Juan Castaneda made a goal to give Wapato the lead.

With barely any time left, Mabton’s Jose Morales knocked in Oscar Aguilar’s cross to tie the game up before the final whistle.

In extra time the teams went scoreless as they went to penalties to settle a winner.

The Vikings won the shootout, 5-4, putting away all kicks. Mabton keeper Jose Camacho blocked one of the attempts to ensure his team the win.

“Wapato played with a lot of heart,” assistant coach Elizabeth Garcia said. “Our team had great moments and were able to capitalize on goal.”

Mabton had 19 shots on goal with keeper Jose Camacho making 17 saves.

Wapto had 22 shots on target with goalkeeper Juan Castaneda making 15 saves.

Mabton play La Salle on Thursday at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Marquette Stadium in

Yakima.



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