PASCO — After ending the second overtime in a scoreless tie against Pasco, the Walla Walla High School soccer team won, 4-1, on penalty kicks Tuesday.
Mason Ahrens came up with a clutch save during PKs and Wa-Hi’s Christian Segovia, Esteban Ojeda, Fermin Suarez and Francisco Sanchez all scored on their chances. After losing to Hanford on penalty kicks last week, the Blue Devils avenged their loss by nailing four of their five opportunities.
“We hit the net, which against Hanford, we had trouble doing,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. “It’s nice to go first, which puts more pressure on them. I think we took a little more relaxed attitude and it was OK.”
Ahrens came up with five saves in the game, including the potential game-winner during the second overtime period. Off a Pasco free kick, the ball was heading for the upper corner of the goal, but Ahrens slid over to knock the ball away.
“He’s come a long way,” Washington said. “He kept us in the game. He was big for us in a lot of small ways.”
The Blue Devils with 10 shots in the game, as Suarez nearly ended the game in the first overtime with a shot off the post.
Wa-Hi (6-5 overall) is currently second in the Mid-Columbia Conference behind Pasco. The Blue Devils will honor their seniors Saturday in their game against Southridge.
“Pasco is going to be hard to catch,” Washington said. “We’re hoping for the No. 2 seed. If they slip up again, we have a chance.”