W-P finishes fourth at state

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SUMNER — The Waitsburg-Prescott soccer team ended its season with a fourth-place finish at the state tournament here on Saturday.

W-P dropped both of its games in the final four — losing 3-1 against Grace Academy on Friday in the semifinals before falling to St. George’s, 2-0, on Saturday.

“We spent a lot of energy on Friday night so we came out a litte flat,” W-P assistant coach Jay Potts said. “St. George’s had lost a heartbreaker on Friday. I don’t think we came out with a lot of intensity and St. George’s came out with more than we did. I thought we came out with more will and desire in the second half, but we just couldn’t get the goals in the net.”

W-P mustered only one shot against St. George’s, compared to 10 for the Dragons. St. George’s connected on a header off a free kick in the seventh minute and then added a breakaway score in the 36th minute.

Keeper Christian Caro finished with two saves against the Dragons.

Against Grace Academy, W-P held an early 1-0 lead after Ernesto Valdovinos scored on a penalty kick at the 11-minute mark. But the Eagles responded with a corner kick that resulted in a goal at the 22nd minute and then took advantage of a defensive miscue to take the lead in the 58th minute.

Caro then got injured in the 62nd minute and Grace Academy added another score at the 68-minute mark to put the game out of reach.

“That was a bad series of events there for 10 minutes,” Potts said. “Grace Academy, they’re a solid team and they’re big and physical. I thought we played well, we just didn’t put the ball in the net. It was a defensive struggle like we thought it would be, they just put the ball in the net and we didn’t.”

W-P finished with five shots on goal in the game. Caro finished with nine saves.

Potts said he was proud of his young roster for their growth during the season.

“We worked really hard this season,” Potts said. “As a coaching staff, we’re very proud of what we were able to accomplish and overcome. We had a lot of new faces that came in and we ran a little different system than we have in the past three years. I thought we did a great job. I’m very proud of them for what we did.”

Waitsburg-Prescott will lose three seniors to graduation: Alberto Sandoval, Enrique Balderas and Emily Wilson. Potts credited all three for their effort during their time at W-P.

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