Spartans alone in getting win

Kameron Rodriguez of Sunnyside moves the ball past West Valley defender Natalie Nagle.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Kameron Rodriguez of Sunnyside moves the ball past West Valley defender Natalie Nagle.


Grizzlies keeper Morgan Duim keeps the ball from reaching scoring territory.

— Three Lower Yakima Valley girls soccer teams were home and two traveled yesterday.

Of the teams, one defeated its opponent. The others fell.


The Spartans improved their record to 5-7 on the season with a 10-1 win over host Goldendale.

The Timberwolves drew first blood with their lone goal in the 11th minute of the match.

Granger took control of the match after its first goal, scored by Maya Daniel in the 18th minute off a pass from Gyssel Bustamante.

“We started slow,” Spartans coach Stephanie King said.

The score continued to climb without an answer from Goldendale.

In the 30th minute, Julie Salgado scored on an assist by Anahi Collas.

Seven minutes later, Cynthia Cuevas found the back of the net off a cross from Makayla Riggs.

Daniel scored another goal just prior to halftime. Jennifer Gonzalez assisted.

Eight minutes into the second half, Collas scored one of two goals. She booted the ball between the crossbars again at the 77-minute mark on an assist by Riggs.

Cuevas scored the other four goals, one of which was off a delivery by Riggs and the final one, in the last minute of the match, on an assist by Bustamante.

“We had a lot of assists from different girls, and I’m glad they are stepping up,” King said.

Granger keeper Jasmin Rodriguez recorded six saves.


A penalty cost the Mustangs yesterday’s match to visiting Ellensburg.

The Bulldogs won, 1-0.

Prosser set the tempo throughout most of the match, attacking the goal 13 times. The Ellensburg keeper, however denied each.

“We created some good opportunities,” Prosser coach Ricky Ruiz said. “Their goal keeper had some good saves… she just did a good job.”

Finding the back of the net was also difficult for Ellensburg, having taken eight shots, including a penalty kick.

Josie Williams denied seven, but was unable to stop the ball when Ellory Ferris of the Bulldogs booted the free ball in the 15th minute.

Despite the loss, Ruiz said he is pleased with his team’s ball handling and control.

“It was just one of those days,” he said.

The Mustangs (4-3, 8-4-1) return to the pitch in Grandview at noon Saturday.


The Vikings suffered a 0-3 loss last night to Connell.

“Connell is a tough team,” Mabton coach Junior Garcia said. “We held our game for a pretty long time.”

It took the Eagles 30 minutes to get past the Vikings’ defenders and keeper Britnee Guerrero.

Alyssa Guess struck the ball into the back of the net for Connell.

“A couple of goals were pretty lucky,” Garcia said. “One of them hit Britnee before another of their players kicked it in.”

The score remained 1-0 at the intermission.

It was 15 minutes into the second half when Rebecca Harrington of the Eagles found the back of the net.

The final goal came in the waning moments of the match. Ashton Riner struck pay dirt in the 79th minute.

“The Vikings played tough, but their (Connell) keeper had some good saves,” Garcia said, noting Mabton had seven shots denied by Ana Lopez.

Guerrero recorded 10 saves.

The Vikings are scheduled to host Cle Elum for “Pink Night” at 6 p.m. tomorrow.


The Grizzlies lost, 1-7, to visiting West Valley (Yakima).

Kendra Hanses of the Rams scored the first of two goals in the first five minutes of the match. Her second was in the 21st minute.

“Most of their shots were made in the first 21 minutes,” Sunnyside coach Elizabeth Garcia said.

That’s because the Grizzlies defenders were leaving a lot of open space in front of the goal, she said.

Lexi Maison of West Valley took advantage of the opening in the ninth minute and Megan Lee struck the back of the net in the 14th.

Sunnyside got on the scoreboard when Kameron Rodriguez found the back of the net in the 31st minute.

West Valley made quick work of taking control of the ball a minute later and Carli Short struck pay dirt.

She would score one of the two goals in the second half at the 51st minute and Maison was responsible for scoring the final goal at the 77-minute mark.

The Rams were limited to just two goals in the second half because the Sunnyside defense took the halftime talk to heart.

“I was hard on them — I thought they were letting the Rams outrun them,” Garcia said.

West Valley is a fast team, but Garcia said she told the Grizzlies there is a way to slow down a team with speed.

“We were being caught flat-footed,” she said, noting she directed the team to obstruct the pass and prevent second-chance scoring opportunities. “Our opponents should have to earn the goal.”

West Valley had 19 shots on goal, eight of which were denied by keeper Morgan Duim.

Jada Stevenson of the Rams shut Sunnyside’s scoring attack down five times.

The Grizzlies travel to Eisenhower tomorrow.


The Greyhounds suffered a 0-3 loss to host Ephrata.

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

The Greyhounds host Prosser at noon Saturday.


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