It was one small step for the Astoria girls soccer program, and one giant leap for the Lady Fishermen.
For the first time since 2013, Astoria posted a Cowapa League win over a team other than Tillamook, as the Lady Fishermen scored a goal in each half for a 2-0 victory over Seaside, Saturday night at Broadway Field.
It was Astoria’s first win in the Clatsop Clash girls soccer series since a 1-0 victory in 2008. And the Lady Fish had not won a 2-0 game over their rivals since 2002.
In Saturday’s contest, early shots on goal by Astoria’s Taileigh Cole and Abby Albright were halted by Seaside keeper Sidney Owsley, before the Fishermen scored at the 28:00 mark.
Astoria freshman Hayley Kelley intercepted a goal kick by Owsley, took a few steps forward and scored from 15 yards out for a 1-0 lead.
A pass moments later from Sarah Lertora to Elizabeth Whitsett almost netted a second goal for Astoria, but Owsley made the save.
Owsley saved three more attempts over the first 16 minutes of the second half, while Seaside shots on goal by Katie Zagata were off the mark.
Astoria had the clincher in the 72nd minute, as Cole took a pass up the middle and outraced the Seaside defense to score past Owsley for the 2-nil lead.
Seaside defender Bryre Babbitt was effective in stopping other Fishermen attacks, while Astoria keeper Lexi Law got the shutout in goal, making five saves.
Junior Varsity: Astoria 1, Seaside 0.