Wa-Hi's Maddy Aichele goes flying in front of Southridge's Syd Sanders to kick clear a shot on goal during the first half of play Saturday afternoon at the Blue Devil soccer pitch.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
WALLA WALLA — Southridge broke up a scoreless tie with a goal in the 37th minute here Saturday in girls soccer action. The Suns added a second half goal to defeat Walla Walla 2-0.
Southridge’s Hannah Sanders got the Suns on the board first and Southridge made it stand up for a 1-0 lead at intermission. In the 67th minute, Mercedes Haberling found the back of the net as the Suns iced this one and went on to post the 2-0 shut out.
Southridge fired 15 shots on goal and the Blue Devils managed only two against the Suns defense.
“Today was a tough one,” Blue Devil coach Keven Peck said. “We played a good team and came up short.
“Due to some personnel issues (illness/injury/practice eligibility), we had to make some tactical changes at the last minute,” Peck said. “I was pleased with how the girls adjusted on the fly. The changes forced us into a more defensive scheme, but the team dynamic of these girls is one of never quitting.”
The loss, following a season-opening shoot-out victory Thursday over Kennewick, 4-3, over Kennewick, drops the Blue Devils to 1-1 on the year.
“I continue to be impressed with the effort,” Peck said. “At the end of the match, they have given everything they have to the cause.”
In Thursday’s opener at Kennewick, the Blue Devils played catch up. Klarissa Barajas gave the Lions the lead in the 18th minute, but Wa-Hi’s Mari Arceo tied it at 1-1 in the 29th minute. The Lions, behind Barajas’ second goal took a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute. Wa-Hi responded, as Alyssa Ortiz got it tied at 2-2 in the 73rd minute. The Lions grabbed a 3-2 lead on Hannah Templeton’s goal with six minutes left in regulation.
Lexi Swanson forced overtime with a goal in the 80th and final minute of regulation.
Maddie Sirmon, Arceo, Ruby Salgado, and Ortiz scored on penalty kicks in a shoot out to power Wa-Hi to a 4-3 advantage in shoot out goals and give the Blue Devils the match win.
“The girls played well for the short amount of time they have had with this tactical scheme,” Peck said. “We battled for 80 minutes as the fact that we scored in the 80th minute proves.”
The Blue Devils, 1-1, meet Hanford on Tuesday and Pasco on Saturday.
“We have some good tests coming up,” Peck said of Wa-Hi’s upcoming opponents. “We’re looking forward to getting our personnel issues shored up so we can progress as a solid unit.”