Sparked by their recent tie at Seaside last week, the Astoria boys soccer team continued to play well Tuesday night at CMH Field, where the Fishermen knocked off defending league champion Tillamook, 2-1.
Astoria shut down Tillamook’s controlled passing game, and Fishermen senior Cole Beeson scored a goal in each half to help Astoria improve to 1-1-1 in league.
The Cheesemakers had more shots on goal in the first half — four to one — with the Fishermen scoring on their lone shot on frame late in the 16th minute.
With 23:05 left in the first half, a corner kick from Aldo Cruz was perfectly placed for Beeson, who headed the ball into the goal for a 1-nil lead.
The Fishermen attack picked up in the second half, along with the scoring opportunities.
A free kick by Beeson from 20 yards early in the half deflected hard off the crossbar, while a second Beeson attempt was saved by Tillamook keeper Alejandro Herrera.
Another Astoria shot by Christian Medina-Perez missed wide left.
Astoria’s eventual game-winner was scored with 19:04 remaining, when Gustavo Velazquez sent a ball up the right sideline to Jonathan Jimenez, who sent a pass up the middle to Beeson.
Beeson worked his way past two Tillamook defenders, and with Herrera out of the goal area challenging, it was an easy score for Beeson.
Tillamook sophomore Eve Hernandez scored the lone goal for the Cheesemakers on a free kick less than two minutes later, while Astoria goalkeeper Jake Hurd made the save on a Tillamook header from Luis Macias in the closing minutes to preserve the win.
Astoria (4-2-1 overall) plays at Banks (1-5) Thursday.