Sunday, May 18, 2008

Yakima Reds are hot, Tide are not

Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA -- Junior Garcia and Jake Sagare continue to garner much of the attention, but they aren't the only reason the Yakima Reds are off to a fast start this season.

Those two combined for all three Yakima goals, but it was complemented by another stingy effort from the defense as the Reds rolled to a 3-1 victory over the Tacoma Tide on Saturday night at Marquette Stadium.

"Overall, everyone played good," Reds coach Hector Vega said after his team improved to 2-0-1. "Some shine more than others, but it takes 11 (players) to win, and everyone contributed."

Offensively, the biggest contribution came from Garcia, who scored once in each half and also assisted on Sagare's goal as Yakima built a 3-0 lead.

Yakima's defense was once again rock solid, shutting out Tacoma for the first 87 minutes. Overall, the Reds have allowed just two goals in its first three matches.

Vega singled out Josh Hacker for his play. Hacker got the start, filling in for veteran Al Valencia, who was attending a wedding.

"Josh played an outstanding game," said Vega, adding that overall the "defense is doing a great job."

Garcia broke a scoreless tie with a strong individual effort as he worked his way through the Tacoma defense to score in the 38th minute.

He then found Sagare for a goal in the 69th minute, and then put the game away with a score with nine minutes left in regulation.

Yakima continues its early-season homestand by hosting the BYU Cougars on Friday, and the Ogden Outlaws on Saturday.

First half: 1, Yakima, Junior Garcia, 38:00.

Second half: 2, Yakima, Jake Sagare (Garcia), 69:00; 3, Yakima, Sagare (Alonso Rojas), 84:00; 4, Tacoma, goal scorer not available, 87:00.

Saves: Rob McCurdy (Y) 3, Brett Axelrod (Y) 4, Tacoma 7.

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