The Kamiakin Braves earned their second consecutive Mid-Columbia Conference championship in girls soccer Tuesday, topping the Hanford Falcons in a tightly contested MCC match at Lampson Stadium to finish 13-1 in conference play.
Rachel Ensign, a Kamiakin defender, launched a free kick into Hanford’s 18-yard box, where forward Ellie Heiden controlled it, turned and beat Falcons goalkeeper Emily Busselman to the upper right corner in the 44th minute.
Hanford nearly tied the match late in the second half, but Kamiakin goalie Erin Leseberg came off her line to disrupt the oncoming forward, whose shot deflected off the crossbar.
A loss would have forced the Braves to share the MCC title with Chiawana. Kamiakin earned the No. 1 seed to the District 5/8 tournament and will face off against the
“I think (Hanford) is a formidable opponent. We were fortunate to get the title for ourselves,” Kamiakin coach Chris Erikson said.
The Braves outshot the Falcons 15-2.
Scoring—1, K, Ellie Heiden (Rachel Ensign), 44:14. Shots—H 2, K 15. Saves—H, Emily Busselman 13. K, Erin Leseberg 1.
Pasco 1, Walla Walla 0 (OT): The Bulldogs battled through 80 frustrating minutes, outshooting the Blue Devils 20-1 in the Class 4A district playoffs at Edgar Brown Stadium before Josie Derrick knocked in a loose ball in front of Walla Walla’s net in overtime.
“It’s better to be lucky than good,” Pasco coach Justin Carey said. “We spent a lot of time in the attacking third, but we did keep our heads tonight.”
The Bulldogs (7-10) will travel to Richland (8-7) for the second round of districts at 5 p.m. Thursday at Bomber Field.
Jesse Lobos, Pasco’s third-string goalkeeper, made one save for her first career shutout. Lobos was forced into action after injuries to the first- and second-string keepers.
“She was nice and bored, which is good,” Carey said. “This has been a good learning experience for her.”
Starting goalkeeper Carrie Nolan is expected to return for Thursday’s game.
Scoring—1, P, Josie Derrick, 82:00. Shots—WW 1, P 21. Saves—WW, James, Gilmore (20:00), James (60:00) 10. P, Jesse Lobos 1.
Southridge 12, Kennewick 0: Mercedes Haberling had three goals and three assists as the Suns wrapped up the regular season with a big victory.
Southridge will host the Greater Spokane League’s No. 2 seed in an elimination game Tuesday at a time to be determined. Kennewick will face Sunnyside on Saturday, with the winner playing at the GSL’s No. 1 seed on Tuesday.
Scoring—1, Southridge, Mercedes Haberling (Haley Thomas), 1:00; 2, Southridge, Michelle Foster (Hannah Sanders), 8:00; 3, Southridge, Michelle Foster (Haberling), 12:00; 4, Southridge, Mckaley Goffard (Haberling), 25:00; 5, Southridge, Kelly Brown (Nicole Edwards), 36:00; 6, Southridge, Emily Koehler (Edwards), 40:00; 7, Southridge, Haberling (Foster), 46:00; 8, Southridge, Savannah Brown (Sanders), 47:00; 9, Southridge, Sanders (Haberling), 50:00; 10, Southridge, Haberling (Foster), 55:00; 11, Southridge, Goffard (Emily Russell), 56:00; 12, Southridge, Edwards (Kendall Pope), 70:00. Shots—Kennewick 1, Southridge 30. Saves—Kennewick, Olivia Blank, 18; Southridge, Tiara Valadez, 1
Eastmont 3, Sunnyside 1: Kalea Bokma scored twice in the first 16 minutes to stake the Wildcats to a 2-0 lead en route to a Big Nine win over the visiting Grizzlies.
Scoring—1, E, Kalea Bokma, 4:00; 2, E, Bokma, 16:00; 3, S, Laura Carrillo (Susanna Arreola), 50:00; 4, E, Rebecca Tarbert, 70:00. Shots—S 10, E 17. Saves—SS, Vanessa Loera 9, Victoria Torres 7. E, Savannah Jackson 7.
CONNELL 3, KIONA-BENTON 2 (SO): Brittany Vickerman scored two goals and added another shootout goal as visiting Connell beat Kiona-Benton in an SCAC East match.
Keeper Leandra Ramirez had a strong game in net for the Bears, making 13 saves.
Scoring—1, KB, Abby Pendergraft, 10:00. 2, KB, Sabrina Acevedo, 28:00. 3, C, Brittany Vickerman (Adriana Zuniga), 31:00. 4, C, Vickerman, 36:00. Shootout goals (Connell 4-2)—C, Vickerman, Jessica Garcia, Zuniga, Jackie Ramos. KB, Emily Thornton, Zayara Zolorzano. Shots—C 29, KB 15. Saves—C, Shelbey Courneya 3; Gloria Gomez 9. KB, Leandra Ramirez 13.
Royal 1, Wahluke 0: Nalleli Arellano scored in the 60th minute after a nice feed from midfielder Cynthia Cid-Beltran, giving the Knights an SCAC East win in their season finale.
Scoring—1, R, Nalleli Arellano, 60:00. Shots—W 4, R 6. Saves—W, B.Nolasco 3. R, Guadalupe Guadarrama 1.