PREP SOCCER — Blue Devils lose 2-1 in OT

Wa-Hi stays even with Wenatchee but falls after a free kick in overtime.



Wa-Hi's Tabitha Jones (center) heads the ball during the Blue Devil's 2-1 OT loss.


Wenatchee's Olivia Doerr recoils into Wa-Hi's Alexis Sanchez following the header.


Wa-Hi's Alexis Sanchez stops the Wenatchee advance upfield with a kick over her shoulder and back to the Panther's goal.


Wenatchee's Olivia Doerr recoils into Wa-Hi's Alexis Sanchez following the header.


A headed ball turns Wenatchee's Korynn Blanksma's single braid into a hair-do header as she battles for control of the ball with Wa-Hi's Paige Pontarolo during Saturday afternoon's contest at the Blue Devil soccer field.


WALLA WALLA - An overtime loss is still a loss, as the Blue Devils found out Saturday.

Although Rose Escalante scored the equalizer with two minutes left in regulation to make it 1-1 against Wenatchee, the draw didn't last past the overtime period when the Panthers put the Blue Devils away, 2-1.

Midfielder Paige Pontarolo's boot found Escalante with a one-on-one with Panthers goalkeeper Megan Wade. Escalante dribbled around the diving keeper to tap it into the back of the net.

Escalante's goal gave the Blue Devils hope, but it was vanished first five minute overtime period on the accidental goal.

Wenatchee's Korynn Blanksma - who scored the first point of the game - got a free kick on a handball in the OT period, lining it up inside the box then faking left, sending it past Blue Devil keeper Ashlyn Lyons.

Blanksma's other goal against Lyons came in the first minute of the game, when the shot went under Lyon's reach.

"The first goal that they scored wasn't dangerous or hard," said Wa-Hi coach Jesse Cruz. "It just slipped past our keeper. Ashyln had to play today because our other two keepers were either sick or injured. She is just a freshman and her nervousness showed on that play. She played really well the rest of the game and she will be my keeper next season."

Lyons made six saves in the game, including leaping, diving and batting defense of the goal.

The loss drops the Blue Devils to 1-7.

"It was a bittersweet game for us," Cruz said. "We had a lot of opportunities and we played well. We just couldn't find the back of the net on many of our chances."

Alison Zander had eight shots and five on goal.

Pontarolo was the big assistance behind many of the break-aways and shots on goals for Zander.

Pontarolo had seven shots saved by the defense and five on goal.

"Paige is one of our better players," Cruz said. "We ask her to do a lot of things. I try to put her at the best position for her to be most helpful and she does well as a midfielder. She is getting better, too, as is our whole team."

As a team, the Blue Devils had 22 shots, 11 on goal.

The Panthers had 17 shots and six on goal.

"It was the same thing in Wenatchee against the Panthers," Cruz said. "We lost by one goal. We played well but didn't finish our shots. You have to take those chances and score. We didn't take advantage and some point that causes a letdown. The other team can win then.

"Their keeper saved a lot of shots and I give her credit for that. We just couldn't put many past her."

The Blue Devils play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Davis.


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