WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla High School boys soccer team could not hold its lead against Pasco on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils opened a 1-0 lead midway through the first half after Wa-Hi’s Christian Sugovia gathered a rebound and stuck it in the back of the net. Unfortunately, Sugovia’s strike would prove to be the highlight of the day for Wa-Hi, as the Bulldogs tied the game before half and added a goal after halftime to take a 2-1 win.
“Possession and shots don’t make a difference if you don’t score,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. “We had 18-plus shots this game and their goalkeeper had an outstanding day. (He) kept them in the game on multiple occasions.”
The Blue Devils keeper, Mason Aherns, finished the game with only four saves, although Washington said that figure was more indicative of a lack of action in the Devils’ box.
“It’s about who puts the ball in the net,” he said. “I think we did play well. I think we did overpower them. I think we did have a lot of possessions.”
Pasco scored its first goal on a penalty kick and added its second one on a breakaway midway through the second half. Washington said the Blue Devils’ pressuring style results in a higher number of counterattacks for Pasco.
“We like to get a lot of players forward,” he said. “We like to impose ourselves on the other team. Sometimes you can be a little bit vulnerable and that’s how we got caught I think.”
The Blue Devils travel to face Southridge on Saturday.