SEASIDE — Two teams that may meet again down the road squared off Tuesday night in Seaside, where the Gulls hosted Newport in a nonleague boys soccer match.
And the Cubs returned to Broadway Field and got the best of Seaside once again, 1-0.
Ranked No. 1 in the state entering the playoffs last year, the Gulls suffered an upset loss to Newport in a quarterfinal game at Broadway Field, as Newport won 2-1 on a late score, with just 10 players on the field.
In Tuesday’s rematch, the Cubs scored on a free kick with 15 minutes remaining, and held off the Gulls for the shutout win.
“It was a great game,” said Seaside coach John Chapman. “I thought we had a slight advantage in the first half, and they (the Cubs) made some adjustments in the second half, which was 50-50. It really could have gone either way.”
Newport’s goal on the free kick “was a beautiful shot,” Chapman said, “into the top corner of the net. I don’t think there’s a keeper around who could have saved that one.”
As it was, Seaside goalkeeper Samson Sibony still had a good night in goal, as the senior looks to secure the starting job for the Gulls.
Seaside continues a tough nonleague schedule Thursday at Junction City, followed by contests in the coming weeks against Scappoose, Oregon Episcopal and Catlin Gabel, before the Gulls begin league play Sept. 20 vs. Astoria.
While the boys were battling in Seaside, the Newport girls soccer team defeated Seaside, 2-0, at Newport. In other girls soccer action, Banks and Estacada tied, 2-2.