Saldana powers Wa-Hi boys

Ricardo Saldana scores two first-half goals in the 2-0 boys soccer win over Kamiakin Tuesday.

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi Blue Devils forward Ricardo Saldana scored two first-half goals to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Kamiakin Braves here Tuesday afternoon.

"Ricardo did well," Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said, "even though one of his goals deflected off about seven people. No, seriously, he struck both goals well enough to score."

The first goal was a pass ahead from Salvador Esquivel to Saldana, who punched it in at point-blank range with seven minutes remaining in the first half.

The second Wa-Hi goal was from Jose Saldana, who passed ahead to Ricardo Saldana for boot off Braves defender Austin Davin and then into the goal past Kamiakin keeper Shad Harp. The final score came late in the first half.

The two goals were more than the Blue Devil defense needed at it shut out Kamiakin on the afternoon, and only allowed just two shots on goal in the second half.

"Our defense has done a great job all year," Washington said. "Andrew Glaeser is a good goalkeeper, but behind every good keeper is a good defense. The defense has been playing well as a group all year long."

Glaeser finished with six saves.

Kamiakin keeper Harp had six saves while allowing the two Blue Devil goals.

In the second half, the action slowed down and fewer shots were taken.

Rene Saldana took three shots in the second half to lead Wa-Hi.

Wa-Hi took eight shots in the second half - two on goal by Brian Lopez and Allen Alejandre.

The Braves took just two shots, both on goal, in the second half.

In the first half, Wa-Hi took 11 shots, four on goal and the two that scored.

Besides the goals by Ricardo Saldana, Joshua Bates also played a part of Wa-Hi's offensive attack in the first half, taking five shots, one on goal.

"I think Joshua took more shots in the first half," Washington joked, "than he has all season."

The Braves took five shots in the first half, four on goal.

Wa-Hi's record is now 8-0 overall and 6-0 in conference.

Prior to the game, the Seattle Times had the Blue Devils ranked ninth overall in state.

The Blue Devils play again Thursday at Soutridge at 5 p.m.

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