Lexi Miller got free for a moment, and that was all she needed.
The Chiawana senior hammered home a goal from 25-yards out Saturday to lead the Riverhawks to a 1-0 Mid-Columbia Conference victory at Chiawana.
“Braydey (Hodgins) passed her the ball from the flank, and they didn’t step to cover,” Chaiwana coach Rich Zoller said. “She took a shot from 25 yards out, and it went into the upper left-hand corner of the goal. A beautiful goal.”
That was in the 55th minute, and from there, the Chiawana defense was up to the task.
Scoring—1, Chiawana, Lexi Miller (Braydey Hodgins), 55:00. Shots—Hanford 4, Chiawana 11. Saves—Hanford, Emily Busselman, 1; Chiawana, Cydni Cottrell, 3Pasco 2, Southridge 0: Too many times this season the Bulldogs had been on the wrong side of low-scoring games, but that changed Saturday.
Megan Zimmerman scored in the 49th and Abby Buckenberger in the 70th as Pasco knocked off host Southridge.
“We’ve lost four or five one-goal games this season,” Pasco coach Justin Carey said. “We’ve been on the wrong side of a lot of close games, so it is good to be on the right side for once.”
Scoring—1, Pasco, Megan Zimmerman (Sydney Virgen), 49:00; 2, Pasco, Abby Buckenberger (Virgen), 70:00. Shots—Pasco 10, Southridge 7. Saves—Pasco, Carrie Nolan, 4; Southridge, Alexa Adams, 3.
Kamiakin 1, Walla Walla 0: Rachel Young scored in the sixth minute on an assist from Rachel Ensign and then the Braves’ defense made it stand up.
The victory guarantees at least a tie for the league title for Kamiakin, which holds a two-game lead on Chiawana and Richland.
Scoring—1, Kamiakin, Rachel Young (Rachel Ensign), 6:00. Shots—Walla Walla 2, Kamiakin 23. Saves—Walla Walla, Viri Ibarra, 20; Kamiakin, Sydnee Grant, 2.
RICHLAND 11, KENNEWICK 0: Samantha Heilman had two goals and three assists, and Katherine Virden and Hayley Dean each scored twice to lead the Bombers at home against the Lions.
Scoring—1, R, Kailee Carneau (Samantha Heilman), 7:00. 2, R, Heilman (Taylor Wilson), 15:00. 3, R, Hannah Lea (Heilman), 24:00. 4, R, Andes Archibald, 35:00. 5, R, Katherine Virden (Alyssa Jensen), 41:00. 6, R, Serena Watson (Heilman), 53:00. 7, R, Heilman (Virden), 55:00. 8, R, Virden (Morgan Schumacher), 56:00. 9, R, Hayley Dean (Courtney Hay), 60:00. 10, R, Claire Aurand (Jaclyn Parnell), 68:00. 11, R, Dean (Tate Kautzky), 73:00. Shots—K 2, R 15. Saves—K, Deanna Havrelock 4. R, Samantha Beck 2.