BENTON CITY -- There's trouble in Benton City.
But not yet with a capital T, fortunately enough for the Kiona-Benton girls soccer team, which nearly made history Saturday during a 1-0 home loss to LaSalle.
A win would have been the Bears' first ever over the perennial power from Yakima. Instead it was Ki-Be's second straight loss in SCAC play after starting the league season 4-0. The Bears lost to Highland 2-0 last Tuesday.
Not long after LaSalle freshman Grace Martin broke free for the game-winning goal in the 75th minute, some Bears players blamed incohesiveness and a lack of team chemistry for the loss.
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"I'm mad. Pissed. Half of our team is serious and the other half doesn't care," said Ki-Be senior defender Breanna Scott. "I see our team making a great (playoff) run, but we're trying to tear each other apart. If we keep doing that, I don't think it will happen."
But even with a young team still seeking its identity, the Bears nearly pulled the game out in the second half, outshooting LaSalle for much of the final 40 minutes. And there's nothing better than a couple of wins to heal a wounded team.
"We played two tough games. In the past we were never able to compete, but now we've got some girls who can really play," said Ki-Be coach Marty Martinez. "We're in a position not to rely on just one player. We're only going to grow stronger."
The Bears have three regular season games remaining, two on the road at Mabton and Goldendale, plus another at home against Royal. Those teams have a combined league record of 8-12.
"We should do well against those teams," Martinez said.
Sophomore forward Bailey Schroeder had two of Kiona-Benton's best opportunities, running onto a pair of 20-yard setups from her teammates. The first she hit solidly with her right foot from in front of the net, but it curled toward the middle of the frame and directly into the hands of Lightning goalkeeper Stephanie Perez.
Schroeder's second shot is the one she wanted back, an angled shot on the run from the top left of the box that she may have shanked ever-so-slightly, causing it to go wide left.
"I wish I could take that again," said Schroeder, who was a bit encouraged to play a tight game against the SCAC's top team over the last few seasons. But that also made the loss even tougher to swallow.
"It's so frustrating," Schroeder said. "We have the potential. We just need to click"
Scoring--1, L, Grace Martin, 75:00. Shots--L 14, KB 5. Saves--L, Stephanie Perez 4. KB, Martha Nunez 8.
Goldendale 3, Wahluke 0
MATTAWA -- Carlee Wheelon scored twice for Goldendale and keeper Dallas Smith had 10 saves as the Timberwolves shut out host Wahluke.
Yolando Solis and Elinn Ocampo split time in goal and collected two saves apiece for the Warriors.
Scoring--1, G, Cheyenne Miller 29:00; 2, G, Carlee Wheelon 48:00; 3, G, Wheelon 53:00. Shots--G 6, W 13. Saves--G, Dallas Smith 10. W, Yolanda Solis 2, Elinn Ocampo 2 .
Naches Valley 1, Connell 0
CONNELL -- Maci Whitby had five saves for host Connell but Naches Valley still eked out a win via Delaney Romero's penalty kick in the 70th minute in an SCAC contest.
Scoring--1, NV, Delaney Romero (PK) 70:25. Shots--NV 9, C 10. Saves--NV, Kelsie Taylor 5. C, Maciy Whitby 5.
Othello 10, Quincy 0
QUINCY -- Lindsay Garza scored five times for Othello as the Huskies dominated host Quincy in a CWAC 2A contest.
Scoring--1, O, Alexis Martinez (Tessa Johnston) 21:00; 2, O, Johnston (Martinez) 35;00; 3, O, own goal 42:00; 4, O, Lindsay Garza (Johnston) 43:00; 5, O, Daisy Salgado (Garza) 46:00; 6, O, Garza (Stephanie Tolley) 54:00; 7, O, Garza (Tolley) 55:00; 8, O, Lili Torres (Grace Allard) 64:00; 9, O, Garza (Jackie Quiroz) 66:00; 10, O, Garza 74:00. Shots--O 22, Q 6. Saves--O, Allesha Reyes 3. Q, Martinez 2, Jenna Arnell 4.
East Valley 6, Grandview 0
MOXEE -- Grandview's Ranelle Kalaw had 13 saves over the distance of a CWAC game against host East Valley, but Grecia Carrillo and Samantha Herzog sill jabbed two goals apiece for the Red Devils.
Scoring--1, EV, Yasi Mohsenian 8:00; 2, EV, Grecia Carrillo (Samantha Herzog) 22:00; 3, EV, Carrillo (Shallise Rodriguez) 24:00 4, EV, own goal 33:00; 5, EV, Herzog 46:00; 6, EV, Herzog (Carrillo) 55:00. Saves--G, Ranelle Kalaw 13. EV, Karlee Ward 2, Brianna Hallenbeck 1.