Goaltending pushes Wa-Hi soccer team to 1-0 win

Wa-Hi keeper Andrew Glaeser makes six saves in regulation, as the Blue Devils win 1-0 over Eisenhower.



The Blue Devils boys soccer team storms toward midfilder Joshua Bates and goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser after Bates' penalty shoot-out shot went in, giving the Blue Devils a 1-0 victory over the Eisenhower Cadets Saturday afternoon.


Wa-Hi goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser makes the second of two saves during a penalty shoot-out to give the Blue Devils the 1-0 victory over the Eisenhower Cadets Saturday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA - A scoreless eighty minutes went into double overtime for Wa-Hi soccer here Saturday.

The Blue Devils won 1-0 over Eisenhower with a 4-2 shootout score.

Wa-Hi goalie Andrew Glaeser had eight saves in the game, with two coming during the shootout.

"We all know Andrew is a great goalie," Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. "But he was the man today. To make those saves in regulation and to save two penalty shots is great."

Glaeser made five saves in the first half - by leaping, diving, jumping or charging after the ball.

Eisenhower keeper Adrian Tinajero had seven saves, missing four of five during the shootout.

The Blue Devils missed on their first opportunity in the shootout when Tinajero made a diving save.

Eisenhower's Edgar Camacho kicked the ball left while Glaeser dove right to put Ike's first score on the board.

The Devils' Marcos Medina snuck a quick kick into the left corner past Tinajero to tie it at 1-1.

Next, Glaeser made a diving stop to the right on a ball skidding along the ground from Ike's Guillermo Silva.

Wa-Hi's Jose Maya moved right but kicked the ball into the left corner to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead.

The Cadets' Efrain Zamora kicked another past Glaeser, just out of his diving reach to the left.

Jose Beleche kicked the third shootout goal for Wa-Hi to the right past Tinajero, who was leaning left - after both previous goals went down the same way.

With the score 3-2 Devils, Glaeser made another save, flying sideways to the left.

Joshua Bates finished off the Cadets with his next kick, that went high and strong up to the right corner of the goal.

Bates' goal made it 4-2 Wa-Hi, and the Cadets had only one kick remaining. It was forfeited due to the insurmountable score.

"We'll take a win anyway we can get it," Washington said. "Today, though we didn't play well. Eisenhower put a lot of pressure on us and controlled the game. We had a couple of missed opportunities during regulation and OT, but not too many."

The best chance for Wa-Hi to score before the shootout was with less then two minutes to go in regulation.

The Blue Devils had a free kick on Eisenhower's side of the field and three consecutive corner kicks.

First, Wa-Hi managed a header by Bates that went wide right off the free kick.

Then Tinajero saved a shot by Rene Saldana.

Another shot off the corner kick by Isaac Martinez was deflected by Tinajero, who fell to the ground, leaving the goal open.

A mad scramble was won by Rene Saldana, who slid and kicked the ball off the left goal post.

The ball was cleared and the threat contained.

After regulation, the two scoreless overtimes were followed by the five-man shootout.

It was the second game of the year won by shootout by Wa-Hi. The Blue Devils improve to 9-2 in conference and 11-2 overall. They're first in the conference and ranked eighth in the state.

"Hopefully, we'll keep moving up in state and keep winning," Washington said.


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