As of Monday, March 12, 2018
WAPATO Promising to be one of the Yakima Valley’s stars in prep soccer, Pablo Medina drilled four goals to lead Zillah to a 4-2 triumph Saturday, March 10.
The contest was only 30 seconds old when Medina struck. But he didn’t do it alone.
Wapato got control of the ball at the kickoff, but Zillah’s Salvador Vasquez stole it. He passed to Medina in the middle of the field.
Medina, found himself 1-on-1 with the keeper. He dribbled toward the net and, from 10 yards, fired a shot the keeper couldn’t stop.
In the 9th minute, Medina scored again on another pass from Vasquez. He caught the pass on the right side of the field and drilled into the left corner of the netting from 18 yards.
The Wolves scored just before half and again shortly after halftime to shock the Leopards back to reality with a tie score of 2-2.
“I could see that set them back a little,” coach Luis Medina said. “I shouted out to them to stay calm and be positive, and they reacted well.”
Zillah started its own rally with a goal in the 52nd minute. The same combination clicked again, with Vasquez feeding Medina for the score.
“Those two forwards worked very well together,” coach Medina said.
The final goal, in the 71st minute was the result of an Edgar Rojas pass to Medina.
“(The team) did really well for a first game,” coach Medina said. “Guys that were bumped up from the junior varsity played well — filled their roles.”
Zillah will host Kiona-Benton at 4 p.m. March 13.