Wa-Hi rides early goal past Moses Lake

Wa-Hi midfielder Sean Williams boots the game's lone goal in the 10th minute and the Blue Devils hold the Chiefs scoreless throughout.


WALLA WALLA - The Wa-Hi Blue Devils boys soccer team scored on their first shot on goal 10 minutes into the game to win, 1-0, over the Moses Lake Chiefs in their home opener Saturday afternoon.

Moses Lake's Kasey Grant tapped a weak shot to Wa-Hi goalie Andrew Glaeser six minutes into the game.

Then, Wa-Hi midfielder Sean Williams booted the goal past Chiefs goalkeeper Aaron Molina, off an attempted cross that was blocked. Williams corraled the ball and powered in it 5-10 yards in front of the goal.

Ricardo Saldana of the Blue Devils narrowly missed a goal wide-right on a grounder past the post a minute and a half later.

Moses Lake countered with a throw-in near the goal that was scooped up by Glaeser in the 14th minute.

Three minutes later, Richardo Saldana had a breakaway with one defender and the goalkeeper to beat - but the shot glanced off the defender from 25 yards away and sailed out of bounds.

In the 20th minute, Derrick Gonzales of the Chiefs booted one wide right from 35 yards away.

The first shot on goal for Moses Lake was kicked by Gonzales with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, which Glaeser handled easily.

"Moses Lake was big and physical," Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. "They would run right through you, you saw it with their goalkeeper and their defenders. We tried keeping the ball moving to avoid them, and it worked really well most of the time."

In final four minutes of the first half, the Chiefs were on the offensive, missing two shots, one over the crossbar and one wide left.

Holding down the Chiefs on defense was Wa-Hi middle defender and co-captain Juan Rojero.

"It seemed like Juan was everywhere this game," Washington said. "He did a good job and played great."

At the opening of the second half, the Chiefs were called for offsides again early and then the Blue Devils started working their offense again. Jose Beleche and Williams worked a two-man game in front of the Chief goal for shots in 55th and 60th minutes.

Two minutes later, a shot on goal by Wa-Hi's Jose Saldana from 30 yards out required a save by the Chiefs' Molina.

In the next 10 minutes, the Blue Devils and Chiefs trades shots on goal, but they all came up empty.

Wa-Hi's Marcos Medina bounced one off a Chief defender and sailed one over the crossbar, and Rene Saldana took a shot from point-blank range which was stopped by Molina.

For Moses Lake, shots on goal by Gonzales and Devin Peterson were both stopped by Glaeser.

Four minutes passed before Glaeser made another save on a header by Omar Vega.

In the 66th minute, Glaeser really went to work in goal for Wa-Hi, making a diving save by batting a high shot out of goal over the top bar.

Glaeser batted the next shot on goal from the corner kick up over the crossbar on a leaping effort.

On the second corner kick in a row, Glaeser grabbed the ball out of the air and cleared it out of the zone with a booming kick.

"As good as Andrew is," Washington said," we don't want to have to rely on that very much. He really is in a different class of players than many of his opponents.

"I really think all of our defense, the back four, played well throughout most of the game."


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