Vikings lose bloody match to Scotties

MABTON - It was a good game, but a bloody one. So bloody in fact, Mabton Assistant Coach Mike Davis had never seen such a match bathed in blood.

But somewhere in all the chaos the Highland Scotties came away with a 1-0 win against the Mabton Vikings last night (Thursday).

Crisantos Chavez, one of the team's best midfielders, had to leave in the first half when he was hit in the nose.

"He's one of our captains," Mabton Coach Junior Garcia said. "His nose didn't stop bleeding the whole game."

The Vikings' best forward, Tony Espinoza, was knocked out of the game in the second half for a bit when he collided with a Highland player and suffered a large gash over his eye.

"We put a couple of band-aids on him and he went back out," Garcia said.

There were plenty of kicks to shins that left legs bloody, but Garcia said that's just part of the game.

The Vikings controlled most of the match and Garcia said his team had possession of the ball 70 percent of the time. Statistics were unavailable from last night's game, but Garcia said his team had between 20 and 25 shots on Highland's goal.

"We were there, we just couldn't score on them," he added.

The match was scoreless until the 77th minute of play when a Highland player finally scored, giving his team a hard fought 1-0 victory.

The loss drops Mabton's record to 2-6 in SCAC play and 3-6 overall.

The Vikings will next travel to Royal City on Saturday, April 16, to play the Knights at 11 a.m.


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