MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake soccer fell at home to Davis 3-2, after a late goal gave the Pirates the lead and the win.
The Chiefs were able to strike first in the game on their second shot. A corner into the box was bounced around before Natalie Bunch was able to place it in the back of the net to give Moses Lake the 1-0 lead six minutes in.
Davis responded less than ten minutes later on a corner of its own. A well-placed cross into the box found Catherine Melchor who put a powerful volley into the net to even the game at 1-1.
Moses Lake retook the lead with under twenty minutes to play in the first half, as Risa Nishida put the Chiefs back ahead, 2-1.
With time winding down in the first half, Davis was able to even the game with just over five minutes to play, as a high-arching shot into the box went over the head of Moses Lake keeper Julia Lundberg to tie the game up going into the half.
Davis was able to keep control for most of the second half, with both sides able to find a few looks on goal, but were unable to convert. With time winding down, Davis found a break on pass over the top as the Pirates were able to fire a shot into the net to give them the lead with under three minutes to play.
The Chiefs pressured late, with a shot almost finding the net late before being cleared by a Davis defender just short of crossing the line. As the visitors held on for the win, the Chiefs lost a crucial match with so much riding on the final game of the season for postseason purposes.
Moses Lake head coach Liz Bigger said after the match that Davis “absolutely dominated” in the game.
“We let them do it, we let them play their game,” Bigger said. “We didn’t step up. Nobody had their game of a lifetime, which is what we needed, at least three players to come up with big games. And we just didn’t put it together today.”
With the defeat, Bigger said her team now has to take the long road moving forward into the postseason. With such a young group, the Moses Lake head coach said she’ll look to tell her players to keep their heads up and not worry about something they can’t change.
“Ten percent is what happens to you and 90 percent is how you come out and handle it,” Bigger said. “That’s what we’ve gotta do, especially with a young team. It’s over. Let’s put it in the past and let’s just play the game of our lives on Saturday and next week.”
In the loss, Bigger said she felt the defense did what they needed to in the game, even if it wasn’t pretty all the time. With Kate Mounts unable to go, the Moses Lake head coach said Saige Roylance and Joelee Green stepped up in her absence.
The Chiefs also celebrated Senior Night in their final regular season home game of the year, with Kat Cooper and Kayla Balanay being honored by the coaches and fans.
Having had the girls with her at the junior varsity level before taking over as the varsity head coach this season, Bigger said both are players who’ve earned their roles with the varsity group, not with seniority, but with their play.
“I’m happy they came out in the summer and improved and made it, and made a difference in the game, and the season,” Bigger said.
Next up for the Chiefs is the final game of the regular season on Saturday, as Moses Lake travels to face Eastmont.