The Seaside boys soccer program scored big in the Cowapa All-League selections.
As voted on by the league’s coaches, the league champion Gulls had eight players selected to the all-league team, to go with Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.
Senior Colton Carter turned the “MVP hat trick,” picking up his third straight Player of the Year award, while John Chapman was named Coach of the Year for leading Seaside to a 13-2-1 record, 9-0-1 in league play.
Astoria senior Jake Hurd was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year, joining five other Fishermen on the all-league squad.
Astoria’s season ended in the first round of the state playoffs, in a 4-0 loss to Stayton, which will be playing in the 4A state championship game Saturday against Newport, which eliminated Seaside in the quarterfinals.
Hurd made 25 saves in Astoria’s season-ending loss, in which the Fishermen accomplished what no other team could this year against Stayton — keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard in the first half.
“I am very proud of them,” Astoria coach Lee Cain said of his team. “Not only for a winning season and making it to the playoffs, but also holding the best 4A team we’ve played this year to a scoreless first half, possibly the only one they’ve experienced.”
Cain said Hurd “withstood a blistering barrage of mostly long distance line drives. He is in the books with 25 saves, 14 of them coming in the second half.”