Othello’s Brenda Gutierrez had sat on the bench through 80 minutes of regulation, before coach Bernie Garza called on her to play goalie in the shootout.
Gutierrez made four consecutive saves to lead the Huskies to a 4-3 shootout victory in CWAC 2A action against visiting East Valley.
“She is really good at guessing,” Garza said of his backup goalie. “She has a knack for where a player is going to kick. She said she wanted to throw up after the game.”
Gutierrez also won a shootout against Connell earlier this season.
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Tatum Sparks made the game-winner in the sudden death portion of the shootout, after the teams were tied 2-2 after the first five shots in PKs.
Scoring—1, East Valley, Samantha Herzog, 17:00; 2, Othello, Alynn Barajas (Carina Silva), 31:00; 3, Othello, Tori Zambrano (Kimberlee Garza), 34:00; 4, Othello, Daisy Salgado, 47:00; 5, East Valley, Salone Yates, 56:00; 6, East Valley, Katie Freisz, 76:00. Shootout goals (Othello 3-2)—East Valley, Freisz, Salone Yates; Othello, Salgado, Stephanie Tolley, Tatum Sparks. Shots—East Valley 17, Othello 17. Saves—East Valley, Lauren Spencer, 6; Othello, Claribel Dominguez, 4.
SUNNYSIDE 3, WAPATO 1: Susana Arreola’s penalty kick in the 33rd minute gave host Sunnyside an insurmountable 2-0 lead en route to a nonleague win over Wapato.
Scoring—1, S, Jessica Galvan (Bianca Madrigal), 27:00. 2, S, Susana Arreola, PK, 33:00. 3, W, Maddie Reyes (Jasmine Garza), 44:00. 4, S, Marisol Gomez (Alexis Aguilar), 49:00. Shots—W 14, S 17. Saves—W, Elia Martinez, 10. S, Macenzie Butler, 13.
Warden 3, Kiona-Benton 2 (SO): Jennifer Mendoza scored on the sixth shot of the shootout as the Cougars won an SCAC home match.
The Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit, getting goals from Jordan Kelly and Bailey Schroeder to send it to a shootout. The teams were tied at 4-4 after the first five shots, sending it to a sudden death shootout.
Scoring—1, Warden, Brylee Whitney, 11:00; 2, Warden, Jennifer Mendoza, 28:00; 3, Kiona-Benton, Jordan Kelly (Bailey Schroeder), 41:00; 4, Kiona-Benton, Schroeder (Kayla Gifford), 75:00. Shootout goals (5-4)—Kiona-Benton, Megan Elliott, Kayla Gifford, Taylor Haughton, Mykenzie Lilly. Warden, Whitney, Nicole Guerra, Brianna Whitney, Brenda DeLeon, Jennifer Mendoza. Shots—Kiona-Benton 21, Warden 8. Saves—Kiona-Benton, Megan Elliott, 5; Warden, Deianeira Caudle, 12.
Connell 8, Royal 0: Brittany Vickerman and Jessica Garcia each recorded hat tricks, and Garcia added an assist as the Eagles won an SCAC road match.
Scoring—1, Connell, Brittany Vickerman, 7:12; 2, Connell, Vickerman, 21:47; 3, Connell, Jessica Garcia, 33:41; 4, Connell, Garcia, 40:36; 5, Connell, Kyra Courneya, 52:00; 6, Connell, Garcia; 7, Connell, MarciAnne Hawkins; 8, Connell, Vickerman (Garcia). Shots—Connell 17, Royal 0. Saves—Connell, Gloria Gomez, 0; Royal, Flor Araujo, 3; Angie Dela La Rosa, 4