Fernando Gutierrez made three clutch saves in the shootout to help Chiawana top Walla Walla 1-0 in a shootout Thursday in a Class 4A District 5 elimination game in Pasco.
Gutierrez made saves on Walla Wallas first, third and fifth attempts in the shootout.
Ive never seen a goal keeper make three saves in a shootout before, Chiawana coach Rich Zoller said. It is huge. It is huge for our program and for this particular group of kids. We started the season out pretty slow, but these kids worked really hard.
Cezar Leon, Anieph Grandison and Bertin Mendoza all scored in the shootout for Chiawana, which earns a regional berth with the victory. The Riverhawks will play Pasco High at 1 p.m. Saturday at Edgar Brown Stadium in the district title match.
Walla Wallas Esteban Ojeda and Francisco Sanchez scored in the shootout, while goalie Mason Ahrens made five saves overall.
ScoringShootout goals (Chiawana 3-2)Chiawana, Cezar Leon, Anieph Grandison, Bertin Mendoza; Walla Walla, Esteban Ojeda, Francisco Sanchez. ShotsWalla Walla 6, Chiawana 12. SavesWalla Walla, Mason Ahrens, 5; Chiawana, Fernando Gutierrez, 3