Girls soccer: Thornton's goal leads Kiona-Benton

September 24, 2013 

Kiona-Benton vs Highland

Kiona-Benton's Emily Thornton winds up to kick thye first goal in front of Highland's Marisol Gutierrez (3) on Tuesday at Kiona Benton in Benton City.

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Emily Thornton scored a goal and added an assist to lead Kiona-Benton to a nonleague 2-0 victory over Highland on Tuesday in Benton City.

Thornton scored off an assist by Janet Aguilar in the eighth minute. She then set up Abby Pendergast’s goal in the 11th.

“We have quite a bit of new players and our younger girls are stepping up,” Kiona-Benton head coach Marty Martinez said. “We had a chance to practice all week and are just working on our passing and moving the ball better as a team. They played a great game; really good passing as a whole.”

Leandra Ramirez made two saves in goal for the Bears (2-2), who open SCAC East play Thursday against Wahluke.

Scoring—1, Kiona-Benton, Emily Thornton (Janet Aguilar), 8:00; 2, Kiona-Benton, Abby Pendergast (Thornton), 11:00. Shots—Highland 2, Kiona-Benton 8. Saves—Highland, Gabriella Gonzales, 5; Kiona-Benton, Leandra Ramirez, 2

Richland 3, Southridge 2 (SO): Senior goalie Samantha Beck came off the bench to make a key save in the shootout for the host Bombers as they grabbed a tight Mid-Columbia Conference victory.

Beck got her hand on both shootout goals she gave up and then made a save to put Richland in front.

“Gracelyn (Fine) played an awesome game and had to come out and really contest the ball on some plays,” Richland coach Sarah Elfering said of her other goalie. “But Samantha is a senior and is more seasoned on shootouts, so we went and put her in in that situation. She did really good coming out cold.”

Samantha Heilman had a goal and an assist in regulation, and added a shootout goal. Catherine Virden also had a goal and an assist in regulation.

McKaley Goffard and Savannah Brown scored in regulation for Southridge, which got goals from Hannah Sanders and Bri Hunting in the shootout.

Scoring—1, Richland, Catherine Virden (Samantha Heilman), 11:00; 2, Southridge, McKaley Goffard (Miranda Nelson), 32:00; 3, Richland, Heilman (Virden), 44:00; 4, Southridge, Savannah Brown (Hannah Sanders), 52:00. Shootout goals (4-2)—Southridge, Hannah Sanders, Bri Hunting. Richland, Andes Archibald, Samantha Heilman, Pate Kautsky, Sunny Hemenway. Shots—Southridge 11, Richland 10. Saves—Southridge, Mercedes Haberling, 7; Richland, Gracelyn Fine, 7; Samantha Beck, 1

Kamiakin 7, Kennewick 0: Ellie Heiden scored four goals and dished out two assists as the Braves cruised past the host Lions in a Mid-Columbia Conference match.

Amy Martinez made 10 saves in goal for the Lions, drawing praise from Kamiakin coach Chris Erickson in the process.

Scoring—1, Kamiakin, Ellie Heiden (Sammy Walter), 27:00; 2, Kamiakin, Heiden (Rachel Edison), 28:00; 3, Kamiakin, Heiden (Parker Lee), 29:00; 4, Kamiakin, Rilee Castilla (Heather Donais), 52:00; 5, Kamiakin, Castilla (Heiden), 55:00; 6, Kamiakin, Lee (Heiden); 7, Kamiakin, Heiden (Lee), 72:00. Shots—Kamiakin 20, Kennewick 1. Saves—Kamiakin, Erin Leesburg, 0, Kelcie Young, 1. Kennewick, Amy Martinez, 10

Hanford 1, Pasco 0: Sadie Newsom drew a penalty kick and Sydney Shintaffer converted it to lead the Falcons to a Mid-Columbia Conference home victory.

“I think we were fortunate on the call,” Hanford assistant Glen Ledgerwood said. “We didn’t play very intelligent in the first half and had some silly fouls. It was a lot better in the second half.”

Shintaffer scored the goal into the upper right corner.

Carrie Nolan made three saves in goal for the Bulldogs in the loss.

Scoring—1, Hanford, Sydney Shintaffer, 17:00. Shots—Pasco 4, Hanford 14. Saves—Pasco, Carrie Nolan, 3; Hanford, Emily Busselman, 1

Chiawana 5, Walla Walla 0: Alexis Stephenson had three goals and an assist and Braydey Hodgins had three assists and a goal to lead the Riverhawks to a Mid-Columbia Conference road victory.

“Wa-Hi’s back line is tough and they don’t make it easy on you,” Chiawana coach Rich Ziller said. “We had to break them down with good ball movement and combination play. Our girls played very good soccer tonight. An outstanding overall team effort.”

Emily Gilmore made six saves for the Blue Devils in the loss.

Scoring—1, Chiawana, Alexis Stephenson (Braydey Hodgins), 20:00; 2, Chiawana, Stephenson (Hodgins), 24:00; 3, Chiawana, Sydney Virgen (Stephenson), 29:00; 4, Chiawana, Stephenson (Hodgins), 38:00; 5, Chiawana, Hodgins (Justice Aragon), 52:00. Shots—Chiawana 15, Walla Walla 1. Saves—Chiawana, Cydni Cottrell, 1; Walla Walla, Emily Gilmore, 6

Ellensburg 1, Othello 0: Jenelle Garza made six saves for the host Huskies, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bulldogs in a nonleague matchup.

Rachel Jeffries scored in the 44th minute for the Bulldogs. Rachel Engeland had three saves and Taelor Griffin seven for Ellensburg.

Scoring—1, Ellensburg, Rachel Jeffries, 44:00. Shots—Ellensburg 7, Othello 16. Saves—Ellensburg, Rachel Engeland, 3, Taelor Griffin, 7. Othello, Jenelle Garza, 6.

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