Gladstone Gladiators pull past Seaside Seagulls
The Daily Astorian
Gladstone 4, Seaside 2
SEASIDE — The Gladstone and Seaside boys soccer teams officially kicked off the 2014 fall sports season Thursday night at Broadway Field, where Gladstone snapped a 2-2 tie with two goals in the final 27 minutes for a 4-2 nonleague win over the Gulls.
It was a much better result for Seaside than last year’s season opener, a 6-0 loss at Gladstone. The Gulls appeared to have the better part of the play through about the first 50 minutes in Thursday’s game.
Seaside scored first, as the Gulls worked the ball around with a few short passes, and junior Taylor Barnes scored unassisted on a shot from the left side, just outside the 18-yard box to the far post.
Gladstone sophomore Keegan Reilly got out in front of the Seaside defense on a pass up the middle in the 19th minute, managed to avoid an offsides call and scored in a one-on-one with keeper Jarrett Coughlin.
The Gladiators notched the first goal of the second half, with Reilly taking another long pass up the middle to score in the 50th minute.
The Gulls answered less than two minutes later, as Will Garvin volleyed in a close-range shot off a corner kick from Shane Fritter. Juneau Meyer had a near-miss off a pass from Marshall Ferre.
Seaside keeper Jesus Perez had two good saves in a two-minute span midway through the second half, the first off a free kick from nearly 60 yards away by Gladstone’s Andrew Gross.
The Gladiators grabbed the lead for good in the 64th minute, with Arturo Ibarra scoring in front of the net off a crossing pass from the left.
Two minutes later, Reilly scored his third goal of the night.
Seaside returns to action Tuesday at Molalla.
Catlin Gabel 6, Astoria 0
PORTLAND — With a few key starters out for various reasons, the Astoria boys soccer team was no match for Catlin Gabel Thursday afternoon, in a nonleague soccer game in Portland.
Catlin scored two first-half goals (the second with three-tenths of a second left on the clock) and added four in the second for a 6-0 win over the Fishermen.
“We didn’t play the kind of soccer we needed to play against a very good team,” said Astoria coach Bill Patterson, whose team had three starters on the bench, with three freshmen in their place.
“It was not a good start, but it was a good wakeup call,” he said. “(The Eagles) were a better team and a hungrier team. It was a great lesson.”
Still, Patterson is confident that his team will be much-improved by the time league play rolls around.
Ben Beeson, Lalo Garcia and Jordan Gagnon were all out of action for the Fishermen in their season opener, while Elijah Hirsch and Morgan Fruitt split time at goalkeeper.
Catlin Gabel 8, Astoria 0
PORTLAND — Catlin Gabel scored eight goals – all in the first half – in an 8-0 nonleague win over Astoria in girls soccer action Thursday.
It was a “very hot temperature for us Astorians, and we were playing a very skilled team,” said first-year Astoria coach Sarah von Colditz.
The game “gave us lots of insight on where we need improve,” she added, as the young Fishermen team had some players in different positions because of injuries, and substitutions because of the heat.
“It was nice to play a team early on that had great skill and could move the ball around well,” von Colditz said. “Catlin Gabel is a very talented team.”
Warriors outlast Loggers
KNAPPA — Former league rivals Warrenton and Knappa tipped off the 2014 volleyball season Thursday night at Knappa, where the Warriors outlasted the Loggers in five intense games, 25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 27-29, 15-8.
“It was a fun match,” said Knappa coach Jeff Kaul, as both teams are expected to challenge for league titles in their respective classes this season.
“Warrenton’s a good team, they’ve got a lot harder hitters than we do, and they’ve got a great setter (Brianna Marsch),” he said. “She was doing a great job of getting the balls to their hitters.”
Warrenton opened with consecutive wins to take a two-games-to-none lead, before Knappa rallied with narrow victories in Games 3 and 4.
The Warriors finally finished it off in Game 5.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Landwehr led Knappa with 14 digs, four kills and 10 assists, in addition to her 16-for-17 at the service line.
Teammate Stacey Aho added 10 kills and three blocks; Bailey Corder had nine digs and six kills; Alyson Olheiser contributed 10 digs and eight assists; and Chelsia Albee collected six digs with two kills.
Warrenton statistics were unavailable.