W-P blanks WWVA, 8-0

Waitsburg-Prescott's Enrique Balderas takes a shot on goal in the first half against WWVA.

Waitsburg-Prescott's Enrique Balderas takes a shot on goal in the first half against WWVA. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Enrique Balderas reacts after missing a shot on goal in the first half of the match with Walla Walla Valley Academy Monday in Prescott.

PRESCOTT — Ivan Figuera had four goals before halftime as Waitsburg-Prescott’s soccer team blanked Walla Walla Valley Academy, 8-0, here Monday.

He wasn’t finished there, however, as Figuera added another goal in the second half. Figuera was responsible for W-P’s (3-1) first five scores, connecting in the fourth, eighth, 23rd, 35th and 49th minutes.

W-P head coach Mark Grimm said his striker did a good job of moving off the ball to set up the goals.

“He worked real hard for those goals,” Grimm said. “He got himself free, we found him. We spread the front out pretty wide and that made it difficult for the defense to cover him.”

Oscar Villavazo, Luis Garcia and Ernesto Valdovinos each added a goal in the second half, as W-P racked up 40 shots in the game.

Grimm said the players are becoming more accustomed to playing together, which resulted in the offensive onslaught.

“We just have to keep moving off the ball,” Grimm said. “I’m trying to convince the kids the game is played away from the ball. We’re going to continue trusting each other and move the ball front left and right — using the whole field.”

Freshman goal keeper Christian Caro finished the game with six saves. Grimm said Caro did an excellent job of preserving the shutout.

W-P plays at Irrigon Thursday.

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