Waitsburg-Prescott downs Northwest Christian, 6-3

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PRESCOTT — The Waitsburg-Prescott soccer team hammered Northwest Christian here Saturday, 6-3 in Class 2B co-ed play.

W-P took a 2-2 tie into halftime, after being scored upon first, and then scored four second-half goals.

NW Christian struck first in the fifth minute, and W-P responded with an Ernesto Valvonidos goal in the seventh.

Johnny Escalante scored in the 13th minute on an assist from Jesse Albarran before NW Christian tied it going into half.

“Northwest Christian was a very big, tough and physical team,” W-P assistant coach Jay Potts said. “They are one of the top teams in state, as are we.”

Lino Diaz went wild in the second half on a tap from teammate Johnny Escalante on the kickoff, and booted it from midfield to score on a sleepy NW Christian goalie.

Diaz commented after the game that he saw the other team’s goalie with his head down and not really paying attention. So Diaz tried the kick from midfield and it was successful.

“It doesn’t get any better than that goal from midfield,” Potts said. “It was high, far, long and into the upper corner of the net.”

Diaz tried besting himself on a cross from Aldair Escalante, that he headed it in for his second goal of the game and half.

Also scoring in the second half for W-P was Valvonidos, unassisted for his second score of the game, and Rodrigueo Gonzalez on another assist from Aldair Escalante.

W-P goalkeeper Sergio Gonzales had 12 saves.

“With an offensive team like we have,” Potts said, “it is important to have such a good goalie because sometimes the defense doesn’t have as many defenders available when we are always trying to score.”

W-P (5-1) plays again Thursday and Friday at home. Both are 4 p.m. start-times are against Ukiah, Ore., and then Valley Christian.

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