SUNNYSIDE There are three soccer teams in the Lower Yakima Valley that have yet to compete in the postseason.
Mabton lost its match, 1-0, last night at College Place and will compete Saturday in the first round of districts in Wenatchee.
Sunnyside lost, 2-0, to Davis, but still has a regular season match tomorrow in Moses Lake. The Grizzlies will likely play the Chiefs again Saturday.
Both Prosser and Grandview competed in the first round of the Central Washington Athletic Conference district playoffs last night, losing 1-3 to Othello and 5-2 to Ephrata, respectively.
Granger, too, lost its match, 1-4, at Naches Valley last night to end the regular season.
The Grizzlies had a few missed opportunities against the Pirates.
“We had our moments, but we weren’t consistent,” Sunnyside coach Elizabeth Garcia said.
The Grizzlies defense attempted to play an offside trap, but a miscue resulted in one of Davis’ two goals.
“They capitalized on the little mistakes,” Garcia said.
Alyza Palma found the back of the net in the 12th minute.
“She zip-lined through the defense,” Garcia said, noting the maneuver caught keeper Morgan Duim off-guard.
It was six minutes later when Paty Ails scored the second goal.
Duim kept the Pirates from scoring nine times, while Eliza Berman of Davis denied Sunnyside’s six scoring attacks.
“In the second half, we made some adjustments to shut down their game,” Garcia said.
“There were good opportunities for us to score, but we just couldn’t get the ball past their keeper,” she said.
Last night’s match was senior night for the Grizzlies. Emilee Maldonado, Aylin Bautista and Destiny Salinas were recognized.
The Vikings traveled to the Walla Walla area for their match against College Place.
The lone goal was scored by College Place’s Bow Maiden in the 15th minute.
“She scored after taking the ball from our defender,” Mabton coach Junior Garcia said.
The Vikings attacked the goal 12 times, but Stephanie Saldana closed the door on each of those shots.
“We had a cross and a corner kick,” Garcia said. “The goalie punched it out on the corner kick and cleared the ball out prior to the officials seeing it hit the back of the net on another shot.
The second half of the match “… was pretty evenly matched.”
Mabton goalie Britnee Guerrero denied College Place on nine scoring attempts.
Garcia said it is not yet decided which team the Vikings will compete against Saturday.
“It will be decided Thursday,” he said.
The Mustangs got off on the wrong foot from the get-go, last night, falling to Othello.
“They caught us off-guard and started quickly with a goal in the first minute,” Prosser coach Ricky Ruiz said of Othello’s attack.
The second Huskies’ goal happened just as the Mustangs were getting some momentum.
About 25 minutes into the match, Ruiz said Othello scored on a counter-attack.
“Our defender tried to stop it, but slipped and Othello punched it in,” he said.
Prosser’s Jamie Fassler responded with her team’s only goal of the match. She trapped a throw-in from Emily Moon, turned and took the shot to end the opening half, 1-2.
“In the second half, the Huskies put a dagger in the game,” Ruiz said.
Midway through the half, Prosser keeper Josie Williams blocked a free kick, slipped and lost control of the ball.
“We gave it our best effort and it didn’t go our way,” Ruiz said.
Williams and Othello’s goalie recorded seven saves apiece.
The district match was a loser-out affair, ending the season for the Mustangs.
Statistics from coach Anne Holden were not available as of press time. The loss against the Tigers ended the Greyhounds’ season.
Statistics from coach Stephanie King were not available as of press time.