Local soccer teams struggle

Prosser wins, others fall

— The Mustang girls were the only area soccer team to celebrate a victory on the field last night.

The Mustangs defeated Selah, 3-2.

Prosser scored two goals in the opening half and Selah scored one.

The Mustangs’ Jamie Fassler opened scoring when she capitalized on a corner kick from Hannah Johnson in the 8th minute.

Selah equalized the match, 1-1, in the 23rd minute when Daisy Kikendall hit the back of the net off a pass from Baily Thompson.

Fassler moved into goal range in the 35th minute after Prosser was awarded a free kick.

The kick ricocheted off the keeper and the crossbars before Fassler cleaned it up and hit the back of the net.

“Selah had good momentum and the tempo in the first half,” Prosser coach Ricky Ruiz said. “We knew we had to set the tempo in the second half.”

The Mustangs fought hard to capitalize on scoring opportunities, he said.

In the 55th minute, Johnson delivered the ball to teammate Jessica Macias, who booted the ball between the crossbars.

“The opportunities we got, we made, we finished,” Ruiz said.

The final goal of the match was in the 73rd minute. Madison Brownell of the Vikings completed the shot.

“We knew Selah had a strong defense; they allowed five goals in league play last year,” Ruiz said, noting his team was prepared.

Prosser keeper Josie Williams recorded four saves in the victory.

Lilly Kikendall of Selah kept the ball from hitting the back of the net four times, as well.

Selah had six shots on goal, while the Mustangs had seven.

In other girls soccer last night:

Sunnyside

The Grizzlies suffered another league loss, 0-5, to Moses Lake.

The loss follows Saturdays, when Grandview defeated them 5-0 in non-league action.

Sunnyside, though, had a few injuries in the past two matches.

“Our line-up isn’t what it usually would be,” Sunnyside coach Elizabeth Garcia said.

Against Moses Lake, the Chiefs took advantage of the weaknesses, particularly in the second half, she said.

The Grizzlies were able to stave off the attack for all but one goal in the opening half. Abigail Rathbun of Moses Lake found the back of the net in the 26th minute of the match.

The score was 1-0 at halftime, and Sunnyside kept the Chiefs at bay until the 50th minute.

Joselyn Rataezyk struck pay dirt and six minutes later, Rathbun struck again.

In the 68th minute, Kennedy Schlagel booted the ball between the crossbars much to Sunnyside keeper Morgan Duim’s chagrin.

With the final whistle came one more goal when Madelyn Balsz found her target.

“There was no way we could let up against them,” Garcia said. “When we did, they exploited the chance to score.”

Duim recorded eight saves, while her Moses Lake counterpart, Abigail Rosenow, had 4.

The Grizzlies (2-4, 2-7-1) have a week off. They host West Valley on Oct. 11.

“Hopefully, we will have some of our injured players back,” Garcia said.

Mabton

The Vikings (1-7) lost, 0-2, to Wahluke.

“We should have won, but it didn’t go our way,” Mabton coach Junior Garcia said.

The Vikings had eight shots on goal while the Warriors had two in the first half, he said.

“We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” he said.

The match was scoreless at halftime.

Wahluke’s Juliana Garza found the back of the net for the first time 15 minutes into the second half. She struck pay dirt again in the last minute off a corner kick.

Mabton keeper Britnee Guerrero recorded 8 saves overall. Her teammates attacked the Wahluke goal 15 times.

The Vikings host Granger on Saturday. Tomorrow’s match against Kiona-Benton has been postponed to an undetermined date.

Grandview

The Greyhounds lost, 1-3, at Othello last night.

Grandview coach Anne Holden did not provide stats as of press time.

Granger

The Spartans lost 1-6 to Cle Elum on Monday.

“It was a rough first half, and we came out flat and sluggish,” Granger coach Stephanie King said.

The Warriors scored 5-of-6 goals prior to halftime.

Mikaila Montgomery drew first blood just three minutes after the opening whistle.

At the 7-minute mark, teammate Karley Burrows got the ball between the crossbars.

The third goal was made a minute later off the foot of Grace Terrill, who would eventually collect a hat trick with additional goals in the 14th and 68th minutes.

One other goal was due to the footwork of Cle Elum’s Kaytlin Kauzlarich.

Granger’s lone goal was scored in the 45th minute of the match after Anahi Collas delivered a pass to Cynthia Cuevas, who struck pay dirt.

The Spartans attacked the goal seven times, and five of those attacks were warded off by Warriors keeper Marisa Del Gaizo.

Cle Elum was denied 11-of-19 goals by Granger’s Jasmin Rodriguez.

“When my girls finally showed up, we had a game on our hands,” King said of the final half. “We have to learn to have intensity from the opening kick-off.”

The Spartans host Highland tomorrow.



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