W-P shuts out Crusaders

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YAKIMA – It took a half of play before the Waitsburg-Prescott soccer team erupted for three goals in the span of five minutes.

The second-half offensive outburst propelled W-P (1-1) to a 4-0 win against the Riverside Christian Crusaders Tuesday.

Waitsburg-Prescott missed countless opportunities in the first half, including having a goal negated by an offsides call, W-P assistant coach Jay Potts said.

Paul Zamora did score early for W-P, netting a score in the fifth minute, but the rest of the first half was quiet.

However, W-P turned it around and capitalized in the second half.

“That’s what we want to see,” Potts said of the second half. “That’s what we want to see in the first half. We had shots like that in the first half, but we missed.

“We ran the ball well upfield, but we just didn’t finish,” he said. “It was good to see us finally get in the flow of it, we know we can do it.”

Striker Ernesto Valdovinos opened the second-half scoring for W-P, as he netted a strike in the 76th minute.

Valdovinos also added two assists, including one to Zamora.

Zamora, who appeared in his first game of the year, opened the match with a goal in the fifth minute.

It was an usual position for the midfielder to be in, Potts said.

“That’s not his role and that was good,” Potts said of Zamora. “(He’s) involved in our offense, but not necessarily one of our main weapons. He had to bowl someone over to get to the goal. He’s a big kid, but we’re going to use him this year.”

Considering the slow first half, W-P still managed 24 shots on goal in the match.

Luis Garcia, who assisted on Valdovinos’ score, added a goal of his own in the 78th minute.

Ivan Figueroa finished the match with a score in the 81st minute.

Potts said W-P had similar looks in the first half, but simply could not score.

“We put the ball in the net, that’s the only thing that changed,” Potts said. “We are going to work on finishing better. We have to get better at finishing.”

Waitsburg-Prescott’s keeper, Christian Caro, finished with 15 saves in the shutout.

Caro, along with defensemen Alberto Mendez and Giovani Gonzalez, stifled the Riverside Christian attack, Potts said.

Mendez and Gonzalez appeared in their first game action of the year, as well.

“They were pretty important to that shutout,” Potts said. “They kept a lot of balls from being shot. They’re key for us this year, we feel.”

Waitsburg-Prescott travels to Spokane to face Northwest Christian at noon Saturday.

Potts said it was good to get the first victory of the season against Riverside Christian on Tuesday, but there is still a lot to be done.

“We’re just a step away from being where we want to be,” Potts said. “We’re almost there. This week at practice we’ll work on it — we’ll get better and we’ll improve on it.”

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