Wa-Hi boys soccer team falls to Hanford on PKs

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RICHLAND — After being held scoreless through regulation and overtime, the Walla Walla High School boys soccer team fell to Hanford on penalty kicks on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils (4-5) went 2-for-5 on PKs, as Hanford nailed four of its five attempts to clinch the victory.

“I thought we played well,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Washington said. “We’ve not been beaten badly all year. We felt confident. The effort was there. It was very windy too, so it was a game of two halves.”

Washington said the wind certainly played a role in the game, as the officials chose kick the penalty kicks into the wind. “You can blame a lot of things,” Washington said. “We should have won it in regulation. When it becomes that, it becomes a bit of luck. Who holds the key to be more calm in that situation. They were more proficient.”

Washington said the Blue Devils had a couple chances to score, but Francisco Sanchez’s shot hit the crossbar during regulation and another attempt grazed the post in overtime.

Wa-Hi hosts Richland on Saturday.

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