BANKS — The Astoria boys soccer team earned its second league win Thursday over Banks, with a 3-0 victory on the Braves’ home field.
The Fishermen dominated play, netting their first goal in the 15th minute when David Bermudez, on a fast counter attack, slotted a through ball that Michael Postlewait ran up on and beat the Braves’ goalkeeper.
As the keeper went to the ground to block the shot, Postlewait shot the ball low to the left corner.
Fishermen keeper Tony Tumbarello made a strong save diving to his right to push a Banks shot wide off a corner kick in the 28th minute. That was the Braves’ most dangerous opportunity.
Second-half scoring began in the 45th minute, when Postlewait crossed the ball to the center of the box to Leo Matthews, whose shot was blocked by the keeper. Shrey Sharma gathered in the deflection and scored.
In the 60th minute, Postlewait pounded the ball into the net from point-blank range off a pass from Jonathan Jimenez.
Astoria’s strong defensive play was keyed by Porter Whitsett and Rodrigo Palacio-Rojas on the back line and Riley Cameron in the midfield.
“Banks is improving, I have to admit,” said Astoria coach Lee Cain. “In particular goalie Ryan Hiestand was very good (with 11 saves).
“But our boys really came together tonight, even though we were missing (Aldo) Cruz and (Christian) Medina-Perez,” he said. “We had 14 shots on frame, with two shots from Postlewait finding the net and a clean-up tap-in from Sharma. These shots were made possible because of solid midfield play and staunch defending.”
The Fishermen close out league play with two home matches, Tuesday vs. Tillamook and Thursday vs. Valley Catholic. The Valiants scored a 4-0 win late Thursday over Seaside, on Valley Catholic’s home field.