PHOTO GALLERY - Blue Devils pull out win over Bombers

Salvador Esquivel's penalty-kick goal in overtime lifts Wa-Hi's boys to the 1-0 Big Nine soccer victory over Richland.

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As his teammates surround him celebrating near midfield, Wa-Hi's Salvador Esquivel (center) reaches to hug teammate and goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser (No. 1) after his overtime goal on a penalty kick defeated the Richland Bombers, 1-0.

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Wa-Hi defender Adrian Tello (13) heads the ball out of the box on a Bomber corner kick.

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Wa-Hi's Sean Williams (right) leans back to come away with a header just beyond the reach of Richland's Gerard Lomas (No. 11) during the second half of their game Tuesday afternoon on the Blue Devil pitch.

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Wa-Hi's Sean Williams (6) ends up in the back of the net after pursuing a header on a free kick from teammate Salvador Esquivel that ended up in the back of the net to win the Blue Devils' game against Richland in overtime.

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Richland's Daniel Pak (10) ends up a shoulder above Wa-Hi's Adrian Tello (13) as the two compete for a header.

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Wa-Hi's Ricardo Saldana (10) moves the ball up field, toward teammate Marcos Medina (17) during the Blue Devils' game against Richland Tuesday evening.

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Wa-Hi midfielder Giovan Ruiz (23) watches as his shot from a very tight angle is blocked by Richland goalkeeper Nash Yamauchi (1) during the first half.

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Blue Devils' Marcos Medina (17) lifts his right-foot up toward the ball as Richland's Raphael Couture Grondin (4) shoulders in to try and gain posession of the ball.

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Wa-Hi forward Jose Maya (16) falls on the back of Richland's Nicolas Reyes (15) outside the box on Richland's end of the field during the first half of their game Tuesday evening.

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Wa-Hi's Marcos Medina (17) connects with a header on a corner kick during the Blue Devils' game against the Richland Bombers.

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At the edge of the goal, Wa-Hi's Brian Lopez (14) turns on Richland's Nicolas Reyes (15) in an attempt to get a cross in front of the net.

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Blue Devil goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser reaches over the head of Richland's Daniel Pak (10) to haul in the ball in front of his net during the first half of their game.

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As his teammates rush from the field and bench to celebrate with him, Wa-Hi's Salvador Esquivel (7, center) smiles near midfield after scoring the game winning goal on a free kick during overtime to defeat the Richland Bombers 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Wa-Hi's Salvador Esquivel (7) competes with Richland's Raphael Couture Grondin (4) near mid-field.

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Wa-Hi's Jose Beleche (11) turns to head back down field after Richland's goalkeeper Nash Yamauchi (1) hauls in another one of their shots during a game that went to overtime.

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Wa-Hi's Jose Beleche (11) heads the ball down near midfield.

WALLA WALLA — It took 89 minutes of play, but Wa-Hi emerged victorious over league-leading Richland in Big Nine boys soccer action Tuesday evening.

Wa-Hi’s Salvador Esquivel booted a free kick from the east side of the pitch, getting just enough hook to put the ball above and behind Bomber goalie Nash Yamauchi, ending the previously scoreless game in overtime at 1-0 for the Blue Devils.

Richland, in first place in the Big Nine at 6-3, could only watch as the Blue Devils piled up in the pitch in celebration.

For the Blue Devils, the win had an element of revenge. They lost to Richland, 1-0, also in two overtimes, at the Bombers’ field earlier this season.

"It was nice to get a little payback," said Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington. His team moves to 5-3 in league play.

Richland coach Octavio DoValle put the result on two bad calls, both resulting in Wa-Hi penalty kicks in the final four minutes.

Esquivel never should’ve been in the corner, DoValle said.

"Those last two calls were pretty brutal," DoValle said. "On the last one, our guy didn’t touch (Esquivel). I hope we can grow from the loss."

Washington hopes his team can grow from the win.

"We can’t seem to get the wins in regulation," he said. "We know they’re really good, and I knew it would be close, but I didn’t think it would be this close."

Wa-Hi and Richland spent most of regulation and the two extra periods with even ball control, and they took 11 shots each.

Wa-Hi goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser made six saves to Yamauchi’s five to keep the Bombers scoreless.

"That’s what we expect from him," Washington said of Glaeser, who will play soccer on scholarship for Oregon State University next year. "He’s a senior and a captain and we expect that kind of play."

Glaeser made two very close saves on the day.

In the first, Richland’s Jonathan Larsen got a head on a penalty kick 20 minutes in. Glaeser leapt to deflect it, then blocked a subsequent kick.

Larsen threatened again 66 minutes in, driving in from the west and with the sun at his back. Glaeser left the net to scoop the ball to safety without a defender in sight.

Wa-Hi also had its missed opportunities.

Esquivel, a midfielder, made four shots on goal before his game-winning strike after a call for tripping.

It was the Blue Devils’ 11th goal of the season. Glaeser has allowed just three in.

"The league is close this year," Washington said. "No one’s running away with the lead."

The Blue Devils have four games left on the year, beginning with a trip to Wenatchee Saturday.

A sweep of the remaining four matches would put them in front of the league, Washington said.

Wa-Hi hosts Davis next Tuesday, and wraps up its home schedule with Eisenhower May 3.

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