Controversial call snaps Aberdeen’s undefeated streak in 3-2 loss to Capital


OLYMPIA — One call in the first minute of overtime snapped Aberdeen’s undefeated run Saturday night.

After Aberdeen and Capital fought to a 2-2 draw in regulation, the Bobcats were on the wrong end of a yellow card and a penalty kick as the Cougars walked away with a 3-2 Evergreen 2A boys soccer overtime win.

Aberdeen goalkeeper Andres Valdes was given a yellow card for a play in front of his goal and the game officials granted a penalty kick to Capital in the process. Valdes, who had to leave the game momentarily for the card, was not in goal when the Cougars converted the spot kick for the win.

AHS defender Sam Ruiz was in goal against the penalty kick.

“It was a very weird, controversial call,” AHS head coach Larry Fleming said. “A ball was headed back to Valdes. He was just standing there, got the ball and was run into. He had his leg out and they yellow carded him. After a discussion, they called for the PK, which we protested.

“We played well enough to win,” Fleming added. “Both teams missed a few shots and we had some good opportunities to score on their field.”

Senior forward Juanito Lopez scored twice for Aberdeen (5-1, 6-1), a long-range shot 15 minutes in the match and a breakaway, assisted by Juan Oropeza, in the 50th minute.

In the junior varsity match, Capital won, 4-2. Denis Calles and John Pellessier scored for Aberdeen.

On Tuesday, Aberdeen hosts Black Hills.