MOSES LAKE - It took a half for Waitsburg-Prescott to get adjusted to the artificial turf at Moses Lake High School's newly constructed Lion's Field, but once adjusted, W-P overwhelmed host Moses Lake Christian Academy to the tune of six second-half goals for a 6-1 victory Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Washington state 1B/2B playoffs.
The Lions struck first with a goal at the 22:51 mark, a booming kick from 40 yards out.
Neither team scored for the remainder of the first half, as W-P coach Jay Potts said the increased speed of playing on artificial turf, combined with poor weather, caught W-P off guard.
"That was our first game on turf all season long and it took us a while to get adjusted to the speed increase," Potts said. "We got readjusted at halftime and went from there. We're ready to play on turf from now on out.
"It was also bad conditions," he said. "It rained and even snowed a little bit, so we had to adjust."
Adjust they did, as W-P's Francisco Gonzzales scored off a Lino Diaz assist on W-P's first possession after the half in the 42nd minute to tie the game.
Luis Torres scored the go-ahead-goal unassisted 10 minutes later, and from there W-P dominated.
Jesse Albarran took a cross from Albair Escalante at midfield and sent a goal home in the 58th minute.
W-P kept up the pressure with Torres again finding paydirt, this time as he bent a corner kick in to put the game out of reach at 4-1 with 18:14 left to play.
Senior midfielder Kevin Ortega "took charge" at in the 73rd minute and scored on a give-and-go from Torres, Potts said. Ernesto Valdovinos scored the final goal unassisted with a minute to go.
This is the farthest W-P has gone in the playoffs. Last year, W-P fell to Shoreline Christian in the first round.
"Credit goes to (head coach) Mark Grimm," he said. "He's done a great job getting these kids to play as a team.
"We thought all year we were a state championship team," Potts said. "It's just a matter of getting it done. We have a lot of talent on this team."
The win puts W-P to 14-2-2 on the season.
W-P plays in the semifinal round against the winner of Grace Academy and St. George Friday at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner, Wash. The time has yet to be determined.