The Kamiakin boys soccer team may not earn the Mid-Columbia Conference title when the regular season comes to an end in two weeks, but you certainly can’t fault the Braves for not fighting until it’s all over.
Kamiakin trailed Walla Walla by two goals on the road in the second half Thursday but scored twice to tie the score, and then won it 3-2 in overtime on Jose Anguiano’s second goal of the game.
“I wasn’t pleased with our play in the first half. We struggled to stay focused, but we were able to play back into the game,” Braves coach Jeff Bennett said after his team, at 7-5, stayed two games behind MCC leaders Hanford and Kennewick at 9-3.
Diego Villa-Ruiz and Gerardo Gomez scored first-half goals to put the Blue Devils up 2-0 at the half.
But Kamiakin midfielder Gil Guizar scored on a free kick in the 48th minute. Three minutes later, Jose Anguiano scored off an assist from Josymar Renteria to equalize the match.
That score held through 80 minutes, forcing sudden-death overtime.
In the third minute of the first overtime, Renteria got a breakaway chance against Wa-Hi goalkeeper Jorge Mejia, but a trailing defender got a piece of the shot to knock it off the post. But Anguino was trailing the play for the Braves and tapped it into the net for the win.
“We’ve had three shootouts this year (going 3-0). This is our first overtime game,” Bennett said. “It was good to win. Now we need to dial it in for the postseason.”
Riley Shulman made 12 saves in the Kamiakin goal.
Scoring—1, WW, Diego Villa-Ruiz 5:00; 2, WW, Gerardo Gomez 34:00; 3, K, Gil Guizar, 48:00; 4, K, Jose Anguiano (Josymar Renteria) 51:00; 5, K, Anguiano (Renteria) 83:00. Shots—K 7, WW 17. Saves—K, Riley Shulman 12.WW, Mason Aherns 5, Jorge Mejia (65:00) 3.
Othello 3, East Valley 2: Huskies forward Khristian Herrera dribbled in on a breakaway attempt in the final minute of play before getting taken down by Red Devils goalkeeper Gage Fereday, but the loose ball trickled out to Rodrigo Zuniga, who blasted the ball into the net for the game winner.
Othello coach Bernie Garza said the linesman waved his flag for a foul on Fereday, which would have resulted in a penalty kick for the Huskies. But the center official ruled that the play would stand.
“I’d rather do that than call it back and have a chance at a missed penalty kick,” Garza said. “We needed this game to make the top six in the (CWAC) playoffs.”
Scoring—1, O, Alec Alvarez, 10:00; 2, O, Hugo Martinez (Eddie Mendoza), 45:00; 3, EV, Jesus Benitez (Berkeley Aguilar), 48:00; 4, EV, Christian Villegas, 65:00; 5, O, Rodrigo Zuniga (Khristian Herrera), 80:00. Shots—EV 10, O 8. Saves—EV, Gage Fereday 5. O, Angel Rangel 6.
Wahluke 2, Granger 1: Luis Vaca and Juan Estrada scored second-half goals to lead the Warriors to an SCAC home victory.
Scoring—1, Wahluke, Luis Vaca, 55:00; 2, Wahluke, Juan Estrada, 61:00; 3, Granger, Alfredo Reyes, 64:00. Shots—Granger 13, Wahluke 11. Saves—Granger, Gerardo Ochoa, 4; Wahluke, Alan Caro, 4
Wahluke 1, Warden 0 (SO) Tuesday: George Preciado scored the game-winner in the shootout to lead the visiting Warriors to an SCAC victory Tuesday.
Scoring—Shootout (5-4): Wahluke, Julio Maldanado, Librado Barajas, Ramon Bravo, Juan Estrada, George Preciado. Warden, Fernando Landeros, Carlos Figueroa, Arturo Dominguez, Antonio Figueroa. Shots—Wahluke 4, Warden 9. Saves—Wahluke, Alan Caro, 5; Warden, Osvaldo Alba, 3