DAYTON — Waitsburg-Prescott’s defending Class B state champion co-ed soccer team overwhelmed Dayton 9-0 here Wednesday in a District 9 match.
W-P improved to 4-1 on the season and is, according to assistant coach Jay Potts, playing better by the day.
“We’re a different team now than we were when we lost to St. George’s,” Potts said, referencing the team’s lose defeat, 4-1 to the Dragons Sept. 15 in Spokane. “Players are becoming eligible and we are nearly back at full strength.”
Waitsburg-Prescott entertains St. George in a rematch Oct. 12 in Prescott.
“That will be our homecoming,” Potts said. “We are looking forward to that game.”
Lino Diaz turned in a hat trick to spark Wednesday’s offensive explosion, an effort that saw W-P assault the Dayton defense with 42 shots on goal.
Diaz scored his first goal unassisted at the 22nd minute for a 2-0 lead after W-P had taken an initial 1-0 lead three minutes earlier on a team goal. Diaz’s second goal came at 28 minutes and was assisted by Rodrigo Gonzalez, and his third came at 41 minutes with an assist from Fernando Torres-Escalante.
Unassisted goals by Gonzalez, at 24 minutes, and Torres-Escalante, 35 minutes, helped account for a 5-0 W-P lead at halftime.
After Diaz’s third goal opened the second-half scoring and boosted W-P’s lead to 6-0, goals by Ernesto Valdovinos, 43rd minute, Enrique Balderas, 61st minute, and Gonzalez, 64th minute, closed out the scoring. Aldair Escalante assisted on Valdovinos’ score, Luis Garcia assisted on Balderas’ goal, and Torres-Escalante assisted on Gonzalez’s second score of the game.
Antonio Benito worked the first half in goal for W-P and had one save. Sergio Gonzales kept goal in the second half and stopped six shots.
“I’m not sure how many shots on goal Dayton had,” Potts said. “It was more than seven, but not much more than seven.”
Potts said the match was a great opportunity for reserve players to get some valuable experience and for the team to work on specific areas.
“Everybody played, and everybody played a lot,” Potts said. “It was a good opportunity to work on our patience as far as offense is concerned, and our defense continues to get better. We did a great job of controlling the ball on the attacking end.”
Waitsburg-Prescott returns to action Saturday when it entertains Northwest Christian at noon on the Prescott pitch.