PROSSER There were soccer victories to be celebrated in Prosser and in Grandview last night.
The Mustangs defeated Wapato, 2-0; the Greyhounds won, 3-1, at East Valley (Yakima); the Grizzlies lost, 0-2, to Eastmont; the Vikings fell, 0-3, to Royal and the Spartans suffered a 1-11 loss to La Salle.
Prosser improved its league record to 2-0, 6-1-1 overall with its win.
“It was our most complete game this season,” Mustangs coach Ricky Ruiz said.
He said he was pleased with the defenses, and the offense worked well in controlling the ball movement.
Jamie Fassler scored the first goal in the 5th minute off an assist by Natalie Munoz.
Two minutes later, Munoz delivered a pass to Jennifer Inions, who struck the back of the net.
The Mustangs had 22 shots on goal, 20 of which were denied by Alicia Velasquez of the Wolves.
“Their goalkeeper was spectacular — she was aggressive,” Ruiz said.
Prosser did have some difficulty putting the ball away, he noted. He said there were many off-target shots in addition to the scoring opportunities stopped by Velasquez.
“We had the goalie beat so often, but missed our target,” Ruiz said.
In spite of that, he said the transitioning and passing by the Mustangs “… was great.”
Ruiz continued, “We’re in the right position and getting better every game.”
Prosser travels to Othello tomorrow.
The match between Grandview (2-0, 3-3-1) and host East Valley (Yakima) was closely contested in the first half, having been scoreless.
But, the Greyhounds came out fighting in the second half, scoring all three of its goals.
“We actually outplayed them — significantly outplayed them,” Grandview coach Anne Holden said.
Scoring twice for the Greyhounds was Lupe Ramos on assists by Areesa Trevino and Tamara Marquez.
The Red Devils were able to get on the scoreboard when they were awarded a penalty kick “… a very devious penalty kick.”
The Greyhounds were persistent, though. Trevino teamed up with Sariah Valencia to score the final goal of the match.
“It was a great performance,” Holden said. “It was very controlled, and they played exactly how we want them to play.”
She said keeper Anabel Pallares also did “… an excellent job keeping the ball out of the net.”
Grandview returns to Rich Leenhouts Stadium tomorrow against Ellensburg.
“I am looking forward to the match,” Holden said.
The Grizzlies (1-2, 1-4-1) struggled when needing the clear the goal box, coach Elizabeth Garcia said.
Both Eastmont’s goals were made as a result of the defenders not being quick to act when being attacked, she said.
Kara Pinard of the Wildcats capitalized first in the 12th minute, and teammate Carissa Miller spotted a weakness in the defense in the 68th minute of play.
“We’re very inconsistent in our style of play,” Garcia said, noting most of Sunnyside’s team consists of sophomores.
“We’re young and we need to work on settling the ball,” the coach said.
“I noticed — it was more prevalent tonight — that our girls get to the goal, but have a hard time settling,” Garcia said.
She said fielding the ball under pressure is a key element the team will be practicing in preparation for tomorrow’s match at Davis.
Sunnyside had six scoring opportunities, all of which were denied by Eastmont keeper Natalia Alonso.
Grizzlies keeper Morgan Duim shut down nine attacks on the goal.
The match at Davis begins at 5 p.m.
The Vikings traveled to Royal and looked competitive in the first half, holding the host team to a 1-0 score at intermission.
Alicia Callahan of the Knights scored that goal in the 21st minute.
The other two goals came in the final seven minutes of play. Sam Dunn scored in the 73rd minute, and McKenzie Garcia scored in the final minute.
“The girls played hard and it was back-and-forth at the start,” Mabton coach Junior Garcia said.
Callahan scored when a Mabton defender tried to clear the ball from the corner, but failed to do so, he said.
“We have to really work on clearing the ball,” Garcia said.
The Vikings offense had six scoring opportunities, which were shut out by Royal keeper Denisee Arroyo.
“We are still struggling to put the ball away, but this was one of our closest matches of the season,” Garcia said.
Mabton keeper Britnee Guerrero recorded seven saves.
The Vikings host College Place tomorrow.
The Spartans struggled against the speed of the Lightning last night.
La Salle got off to a demanding start in the first half, outscoring its hosts, 6-1.
The Lightning prevailed 11-1 at the end of regulation.
Granger coach Stephanie King did not provide statistics as of press time.
The Spartans (3-4) travel to Naches tomorrow.