The Kamiakin girls soccer team ran the gauntlet the last two weeks, going through the best four teams in the league.
Lexi McQueary helped make sure that the Braves finished that stretch tied for the league lead, scoring a goal and adding an assist to beat Richland 2-1 on Saturday.
“That was a nice one to get today, it keeps us on top,” Kamiakin coach Chris Erikson said. “They were coming at us hard. It was a well-fought battle between the two of us.”
Defender Rachel Ensign had a big game for the Braves, helping slow down Richland star Samantha Heilman. Heilman did score a goal in the 80th minute.
Scoring—1, Kamiakin, Lexi McQueary (Courtney Hall), 50:00; 2, Kamiakin, Heather Donais (McQueary), 66:00; 3, Richland, Samantha Heilman (Tate Kautsky), 80:00. Shots—Kamiakin 12, Richland 10. Saves—Kamiakin, Erin Leseberg, 7; Richland, Samantha Beck, 9
Pasco 1, Walla Walla 0: Abby Buckenberger scored off an assist from Cassidy Rush in the 15th minute, providing the only goal of the match to lift the Bulldogs to the MCC home win.
Carrie Nolan made two saves in Pasco’s goal for her fourth shutout of the season.
Scoring—1, Pasco, Abby Buckenberger (Cassidy Rush), 15:00. Shots—Pasco 18, Walla Walla 3. Saves—Pasco, Carrie Nolan, 2; Walla Walla, Amy James, 3; Emily Gilmore, 7
Southridge 2, Hanford 1: A minute after the Falcons tied the score at 1, the Suns pushed ahead with the go-ahead goal by McKaley Goffard in the 69th minute to lift Southridge to the MCC road win.
The win moved the Suns (8-4 overall, 6-4 MCC) into a third-place tie with Hanford (8-4, 6-4) in the MCC behind Chiawna (11-1, 9-1) and Kamiakin (11-1, 9-1) with four games remaining in the regular season.
Scoring—1, S, Emily Koehler (Bree Lane), 43:00; 2, H, Monica Rowley (Sadie Newsome), 68:00; 3, S, McKaley Goffard (Syd Sanders), 69:00. Shots—S 7, H 7. Saves—SR, Tiara Valadez 2. H, Emily Busselman 4.
CHIAWANA 7, KENNEWICK 0: Braydey Hodgins scored four goals and Alexis Stephenson added four assists as visiting Chiawana routed Kennewick in a Mid-Columbia Conference match.
Scoring—1, C, Braydey Hodgins (Alexis Stephenson), 28:00. 2, C, Lexi Ellingsen (Stephenson), 30:00. 3, C, Hodgins (Stephenson), 31:00., 4, C, Hodgins (Stephenson), 45:00. 5, C, Ashley Cossairt (Molly Sullivan), 57:00. 6, C, Sydney Virgen (Sullivan), 75:00. 7, C, Hodgins (Virgen), 76:00. Shots—C 12, K 4. Saves—C, Kelsee Winston, 1. K, Olivia Blank, 5.
Ephrata 4, Prosser 1: Matti Boyle scored for the Mustangs, but it wasn’t enough in a CWAC road loss to the Tigers.
Scoring—1, Ephrata, Kendal Sage, 2:00; 2, Ephrata, Sage, 23:00; 3, Prosser, Matti Boyle (Jamie Fassler), 33:00; 4, Ephrata, Sage (Chloe Spencer), 47:00; 5, Ephrata, Spencer, 76:00. Shots—Prosser 12, Ephrata 12. Saves—Prosser, Izzy Thornbrugh, 6; Ephrata, Adrianna Simons, 5
Othello 5, Selah 0: Nicki Velasquez had a goal and three assists to lead the visiting Huskies to a CWAC victory against the Vikings.
Scoring—1, Othello, Katie Barnett (Nicki Velasquez), 3:00; 2, Othello, Brenda Gutierrez (Velasquez), 6:00; 3, Othello, Velasquez (Kaylee Martinez), 10:00; 4, Othello, Karina Silva (Velasquez), 33:00; 5, Othello, Kimberlee Garza, 62:00. Shots—Othello 20, Selah 1. Saves—Othello, Janelle Garza, 1; Selah, Rachel Mears, 7
Connell 6, Liberty Bell 0: Madeline Clawson had two goals and Jessica Garcia had a goal and three assists as the Eagles earned a nonleague road victory.
Scoring—1, Connell, Jessica Garcia (Brittany Vickerman), 5:00; 2, Connell, Madeline Clawson, 42:00; 3, Connell, Cassandra Riner (Jessica Garcia), 53:00; 4, Connell, Clawson (Garcia), 63:00; 5, Connell, Vickerman (Garcia), 69:00; 6, Connell, Osiris Ibarra, 79:00. Shots—Connell 24, Liberty Bell 3. Saves—Connell, Gloria Gomez, 1, Jacqueline Ramos, 0. Liberty Bell, Hannah Hasas, 7, Gloria Ochoa, 6