WALLA WALLA - Eisenhower came to a sunny Wa-Hi pitch Saturday afternoon standing tied for second in the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A girls soccer standings at 3-2.
The Cadets took care of business with a goal in each half for a 2-0 defeat of Wa-Hi, improving to 4-2.
The Blue Devils never got anything going offensively, as they were out-shot 17-6 in the disappointing loss, dropping the Blue Devils to 1-5 in league.
"It's a battle," Blue Devil coach Jesse Cruz said. "There are a lot of things we need to work on. It was frustrating to see that we weren't really up for the game."
Although Ike controlled early play, the Blue Devils got the first clear look of the afternoon. Kailee Davisson's blast from in front sailed over the top of the net in the 18th minute.
The Cadets got through the Blue Devil defense in the 26th minute. Jennifer McKenna passed down the far sideline to Briana Mares, and when Blue Devil goalie Ashlyn Lyons came out to stop Mares, she dumped it off to Ali Sellsted who found the back of an empty net for a 1-0 Cadet lead.
The Blue Devils managed only two more shots in the first half. Maggie Callan's long-range shot was caught waist high by Cadet goalie Sophia Pedemonte in the 31st minute. Alison Zander, following a steal by Kiana Molitor, couldn't get her shot clearly through the Ike defense in the last seconds.
"We couldn't take care of the ball and our passes were off," Cruz said. "They were beating us to space. We were very shy on the ball. That's why we got beat to it."
Ike finished it off less than three minutes into the second half. McKenna played a long ball for Liz Figueroa, then Wa-Hi goalie Vannessa Wyckoff came off her line to retrieve what looked to be an errant pass. But Figueroa beat Wyckoff to the ball and put it into the net for a 2-0 Cadet lead.
Tabitha Jones, Dominique Cox and Anna Pettyjohn, on defense for Wa-Hi, turned away many Ike attacks and the Cadets did not get very many good second-half looks - Mares hit the bar in the 44th minute and Wyckoff made a leaping save of a Mares blast in the 79th minute.
Cox ran off the Cadets with steals and clears in the first half. Jones kicked away a deflection off a Cadet corner kick from in front of her goal in the 61st minute.
"Anna (Pettyjohn) is my centerback and has been saving us from a lot of goals," Cruz said. "Dominique (Cox) is playing exceptional and she is still learning.
"I've seen positive things from (all) the girls," Cruz said. "That's a plus to see them learning."
The Blue Devils got off only three shots in the second half - Davisson got one through to the keeper after it was partially blocked in the 53rd minute, Paige Pontarolo blasted one over the top in the 63rd minute, and Davisson took a centering pass from Alexis Sanchez in the 68th minute, but the pass was just behind Davisson and she didn't get it all as Pedemonte handled it easily.
Wa-Hi travels to Chiawana Saturday.
"This was a horrible game that I want to erase from my mind," Cruz said. "I believe that if these girls get their minds to it, we can accomplish something this year. We have the talent, we just need to show up and play."