Blue Devils rout Kamiakin behind Sanchez’s back-to-back goals

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla High School soccer player Francisco Sanchez connected on back-to-back goals in the first half to lead the Blue Devils to a 5-1 win against Kamiakin on Tuesday.

Sanchez, who moved from midfield to a forward spot before the match, showed off his versatility against the Braves. He connected on both of his scores from just outside six yards on assists from teammate Esteban Ojeda.

“He’s a very talented kid and it’s one of those situations where he’s a kid you want on the ball,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. “He’s one of the most technical finishers I’ve seen.”

The Blue Devils took a 3-1 lead to halftime after Rigo Ambirz connected on a header from a pass into the box from Christian Segovia.

In the second half, the Blue Devils played more conservative, but kept adding to their lead. Segovia made it 4-1 as he scored on an assist from Aaron Enriquez. Fermin Suarez then came up with the highlight of the match, Washington said, as he corralled a ball and ripped a shot past the Kamiakin keeper from 25 to 30 yards out.

“He got a hold of it and just really powered it past the keeper,” Washington said. “The keeper didn’t even see it. It was a great way to finish.”

The Blue Devils host unbeaten Kennewick on Saturday. The Lions defeated the Blue Devils, 2-1, earlier this season and Washington said his team will be eager to hand Kennewick its first loss.

“I’m expecting a fun game,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. I think we match up well with them.”

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