SPOKANE — Waitsburg-Prescott dominated its match with Northport in the opening round of District 5/7/9 regionals, defeating the Mustangs 7-0 Tuesday at St. George’s soccer field in Spokane.
Keyed by a goal in the 5th minute from Ernesto Valdovinos, W-P scored its first four goals before the 25-minute mark of the rout.
“We took control of the game early and passed the ball well,” W-P assistand coach Jay Potts said. “We were able to rest a few of our key players for the next game because we didn’t need them.”
Jesse Aldarran, Johnny Escalante and Abraham Sanchez all contributed goals in the opening burst, with Valdovinos scoring another goal at the 31st-minute mark to cap first-half scoring.
Lino Diaz, who assisted on three first-half scores, scored a goal of his own in the 45th on a penalty kick.
Rodrigo Gonzales, who assisted on two goals in the first, added the seventh score in the 59th on a Luis Garcia assist.
Goalie Antonio Benito had two saves in recording the shutout.
Despite its opponent’s lower seed in the tournament, Potts said W-P did not overlook the Mustangs heading into the matchup.
“Not after Saturday’s debacle,” Potts said, referring to a 6-1 loss to Northwest Christian. “We didn’t play well Saturday and we were focused on playing better. No matter who you put in front of us, we were going to play better.”
Waitsburg-Prescott will get another chance to play the Crusaders Friday in the semifinal round of the tournament Friday at 3 p.m.
“We beat them 6-3 earlier in the year, we’re not afraid to play (them),” Potts said. “No matter who we play, we’re going to play hard. I think that (loss to Northwest Christian) was a wakeup call for us.”
The winner of that match will play in the championship round for seeding into state, the loser will fall into a consolation final for the region’s third state seed.