PROSSER Two area 2A soccer teams faced one another in a non-league match decided in a shootout last night.
Prosser defeated Grandview, 2-1, after deciding the game by a 4-2 shootout.
The Mustangs scored the first goal 10 minutes into the match. Jennifer Inions dished the ball to Hanna Clark, who hit pay dirt.
The score remained 1-0 at the intermission.
“We played pretty strong the first half,” Prosser coach Ricky Ruiz said.
It took a while for Grandview to answer with a goal of its own. There were just 10 minutes remaining regulation when freshman Emily Gomez struck the back of the net off an assist by senior Areesa Trevino.
Until halftime, Grandview Coach Anne Holden said the match was a mid-field control situation.
The Greyhounds began to control it better in the second half, accumulating a total of 16 shots on goal before the end of regulation.
“What we weren’t doing well is getting the right finish to beat the keeper,” Holden said.
Prosser had just seven shots on target.
“Grandview set a good tone in the second half,” Ruiz said.
“We decided on a shootout — the best time to practice a shootout is in non-league, low pressure match,” Holden said.
Ruiz said the match provided his team the opportunity to work on different formations.
“We have the opportunity to transition players to figure out different strengths, as well as how different players work together,” he said.
Greyhounds keeper Tasha Moore recorded six saves, while Josephine Williams of the Mustangs kept the ball out of the net 15 times.
“Josie Williams saved our tail with saves,” Ruiz said. “She stepped up when her teammates could keep up with Grandview’s tone.”
Prosser, 3-0-1, will travel to East Valley for a noon match Saturday, and Grandview, 0-2-1, hosts Quincy at noon the same day.
Granger 0, Highland 6
The Spartans lost their second conference match of the season, 0-6, to host Highland last night.
The Scotties’ Leslie Quezada scored in the 3rd, 4th, 12th, 16th and 20th minutes.
“Granger’s defensive line stepped up in the second half,” Spartans coach Stephanie King said.
She credited Jennifer Gonzalez for leading the defense in shutting down the Highland offense. “She pulled it together as a leader,” King said.
That added defense kept the Scotties from scoring all but one goal attempt in the second period.
Jasmin Silva of Highland broke through the defenders and the ball sailed past the crossbars in the 65th minute.
Granger keeper Jasmin Rodriguez recorded six saves, and Highland’s Gaby Gonzalez had four saves.
King noted each team earned a red card during the match.
She didn’t have stats for the number of scoring attempts.
“Granger had scoring opportunities, but wasn’t taking enough shots,” King said. “And they weren’t following through to finish.”
Granger, 0-2, hosts Goldendale at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Kiona-Benton 7, Mabton 0
The Bears blanked host Mabton, 7-0, last night.
“We had a rough one,” Vikings coach Junior Garcia said.
Although the more experienced Kiona-Benton team defeated Mabton, he said the match was fun to watch.
The Bears drew first blood at the 15-minute mark. Further scoring statistics were not available as of press time.
“Mabton has some players who are still developing — it makes it hard to play against players who compete year around,” Garcia said.
He said he hopes added experience for the Vikings will “… give Highland a better challenge next time we play them.”
The Bears kept control of the ball, maintaining possession throughout much of the match.
“We kept up with them the first 15 to 20 minutes, but their experience really showed,” Garcia said.
Three starters are expected to return to the Vikings’ line-up tomorrow at Connell. Garcia said he believes their experience, as well as changes to the formation will have a greater impact on the team’s success.
Keeper Britnee Guerrero of Mabton kept busy during last night’s match. “She is solid,” Garcia said.
Tomorrow’s match against the Eagles is at 6 p.m.