WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s Mary Arceo took an assist from teammate Kiana Molitor and punched it into the net to tie the game at 1-all in the second half against Moses Lake here in girls soccer play Tuesday.
But the Big Nine Chiefs wound up scoring the go-ahead goal later in the half to down the Mid-Columbia Conference Blue Devils, 2-1, top open Wa-Hi’s season.
“It was a game we should have won,” Wa-Hi coach Jesse Cruz said. “We had the opportunity to put it away. We should have won 3-1, we just didn’t bury the chances we had.”
Moses Lake took a 1-0 lead in the first half, and held it into the second.
In the second half, Molitor turned between two defenders and found outside midfielder Arceo inside.
“She just finished it really well,” Cruz said of Arceo’s goal.
“The girls played exceptionally,” Cruz said. “Everybody just played well. They were doing the things we were practicing all this time, moving the ball pretty well.
“I’m very pleased with them,” he said. “They should be proud of themselves, they played great.”
Wa-Hi head to Lampson Stadium in to play Kennewick at 7 p.m. Thursday.