Waitsburg-Prescott soccer shuts out Bulldogs

W-P, ranked No. 2 in the state Class 2B, follows Elizabeth Xaudaro's hat trick to the soccer victory.



Dayton goalkeeper Tim Ihle moves into position.

PRESCOTT - Waitsburg-Prescott came out early and never let up on rival Dayton in a 2B Southeast soccer match under a bright, early autumn sun Tuesday.

W-P, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 2B soccer, came out on top, 13-0, aided by Elizabeth Xaudaro's hat trick. Xaudaro scored three goals in the second half.

"That was great," said W-P coach Rick Hamilton.

It was the first hat trick by a girl playing in Class 2B soccer this season, he said.

W-P opened quickly with a goal by Francisco Gonzalez at two minutes in, and footwork by Jose Esquivel, Lino Diaz and Luiz Fernando Torres had them up 5-0 at just over 13 minutes in.

Dayton's Zach Bennett put the first Bulldog shot on goal with six minutes left in the half. In the end, Dayton trailed on shots, 27-2.

Jesse Albarran scored at 27 minutes to lock up the first half, 6-0 W-P.

Xaudaro opened quickly in the second half, scoring at 47 minutes with an assist by Torres.

Dayton keeper Tim Ihle made a save and moved the ball out, but a lack of defenders brought Xaudaro back into the net at 52 minutes of play for her second score, moving W-P's lead to 8-0.

A cornerkick by Jesse Albarran set up Aldair Escalante's first goal around a crowded net moments later, and Xaudaro knocked in her third goal at 67 minutes to move W-P to 10-0 with 13 minutes to play.

Xaudaro left the field to applause from her teammates and coaches with about 10 minutes to play.

Escalante scored twice more, including the capstone point, and Alberto Sandoval scored once to finish the scoring.

"I basically played my varsity for the first five minutes, and then substituted in," Hamilton said.

W-P played Dayton earlier this season and won 19-0, he said.

"I'm proud of them," he said. "The junior varsity did a good job."

Although the score was lopsided, Dayton coach D.J. Frame was proud of his team, too.

"I'm happy with them," he said. "Every week, we get better. It takes time to get there. I tip my hat to W-P - they're talented and they earned it with the time they spend on the ball."

Dayton keeper Ihle, a freshman, made several strong saves and charges from the box.

"He had a good day today," Frame said.

"I love this team," he continued. "They keep getting better. They're new to soccer, and they keep working. They're strong academically and they keep their focus on school. It's always nice as a coach to have a team like that."

Hamilton recognized the skill in Ihle.

"The score could've been more lopsided," Hamilton said. "(Ihle) kept it down."

Esquivel and Mendoza shared W-P goalkeeping duties, deflecting two shots on goal.

The Bulldogs are now 0-4-1, while W-P improves to 4-0-0.


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