Upstart Braves hand Blue Devils 4-1 defeat

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KENNEWICK — The Kamiakin boys soccer team had nothing to lose, and it showed against Walla Walla on Tuesday.

The Braves (2-9) are ranked last in the Mid-Columbia Conference, while the Blue Devils (6-5) are in a battle with Chiawana for the No. 2 seed. The records certainly didn’t factor into the game, however, as Kamiakin claimed a 4-1 win.

“That’s the worst team to play — the team with nothing to lose,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. “This team has nothing to lose, which is the team I hate to play. That’s not degrading the teams at the bottom. They’re expected to lose. We’re expected to win and we’re trying to act that way.”

The Braves raced to a 4-0 lead in the first 35 minutes of the game, as Wa-Hi’s mistakes were compounded by Kamiakin goals.

Francisco Sanchez netted Wa-Hi’s only score of the game, as he fired a strike in the first two minutes of the second half.

The Braves were content to sit on their lead in the second half and force Wa-Hi to attack their defense. The Braves didn’t attempt a shot on goal in the second half.

The Blue Devils travel to face Chiawana on Saturday to likely determine the No. 2 seed heading into the playoffs.

“We have to win it, really,” Washington said. “There’s no two ways about it. All the games moving forward will be games that you have to win to move on. We have to look at those in a different light.”

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