Fillies soccer season ends with District loss to Mabton

Finish fourth in CW2B

Esmeralda Garcia moves the ball upfield through Viking defenders.

Bridgeport goalkeeper Becky Hernandez attempts to reach a scoring kick from a Mabton player.

Names of Bridgeport’s senior soccer players who will graduate next June are painted along the south side of the school’s soccer pitch.
“I am proud of the hard work the team put in this year,” coach Gabe Gonzalez said.

BRIDGEPORT – The Fillies varsity soccer team saw its bid for Bi-District 5/6 advance cancelled at the hands – or rather feet – of visiting Mabton from the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference in a 2-1 home loss last Saturday, Oct. 28.
In a back-and-forth battle between two well-matched teams, both sides got good shot opportunities and numerous near-misses that could have taken the game either way, but neither team could find the net in the first half.
Bridgeport took the lead in the second half off a goal by Esmeralda Garcia as the Fillies’ offense ramped up the pressure on Mabton’s defenders. Garcia, Lesley Velasco, and Karla Torres, among others gave the Vikings’ goalie little time to rest as Bridgeport repeatedly brought the ball into Vikings’ territory and attempted shots on goal.
On one play from a corner kick, Mabton’s goalkeeper allowed the ball to slip through her fingers and drop behind her in front of the Vikings’ goal. She quickly recovered to grab the ball before converging Fillies could get an easy score.
Mabton found two holes in Bridgeport’s defense and scored twice in the second half to take the lead and the game.
A day earlier the Fillies hosted and defeated Lake Roosevelt, 2-1, on two goals by Velasco to end their regular season and win a spot in the District playoffs against Mabton.
“I am proud of the hard work the team put in this year,” coach Gabe Gonzalez said.
The Fillies managed a 5-7 league season despite sharing the Central Washington 2B League with two of the state’s top-ranked girls’ soccer teams, No. 1 Brewster and No. 3 Liberty Bell. Bridgeport will lose six seniors to graduation next June; Velasco, Lupe Cancino, Magally Espinoza, Gina Gomez, Itzel Muniz, and Estefania Sandoval.

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