WARRENTON - The "Astoria Project" picked up its first win of the season Monday night when the Fishermen boys' soccer team began league play against Rainier at the Warrenton Soccer Complex with a 2-0 victory.
With a 1-3 overall record, the Fishermen are no longer winless - but they're also not quite where their coach wants them.
"We're a project here - that's the way I look at it," said Astoria coach Jerry Boisvert. "The roots are going down and we're getting stronger, but we're not blooming yet.
"I was pleased when we played Estacada," he said, referring to a 2-0 loss against the Rangers last week. "And while we dominated play tonight in terms of possession, I thought the possession could have been more quality. That's what we talked about - adding quality to the possession and quality to the shooting."
There was nothing wrong with the quantity of shots - Astoria finished with 29 shots on goal - but only two went in.
At the 19-minute mark of the first half, Astoria's Angelo Schauermann picked up the ball near midfield and sent it ahead to Antonio Alcantar, who dribbled past one defender and scored from 15 yards out into the left corner of the net.
A 17-1 shots on goal advantage in the first half resulted in a 1-0 lead for Astoria.
The Fishermen had another 12 attempts on goal in the second, while the Columbians finished with only two attempts that resembled shots on goal.
Astoria added its second goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, as Alcantar dropped the ball off to Jaime Rebuella near the top of the box, where Rebuella scored past a diving Scott Reedy, the Rainier keeper.
Reedy made several big saves, but also relied on a few of his defenders for even more deflected shots.
"Everybody wants to shoot, but when you tee it up, it's easy to get it blocked," Boisvert said. "There were a lot of deflected shots. I thought the keeper made fewer saves in the second half than he did in the first."
The bottom line is that the Fishermen are now 1-0 in league play, with their next game Friday at home against Scappoose (time to be determined). Astoria will play two more league games with Rainier.
"We're still moving a lot of people around," Boisvert said. "We're still coming up with a lineup, and now we're having to make decisions on where kids are going to be."
Seaside 3, Scappoose 0
SCAPPOOSE - The Seaside boys soccer team opened District 1 play with a 3-0 win at Scappoose Monday night.
Ben Dueber scored a pair of goals in a two-minute span early in the second half to break it open for the Gulls, who improved to 2-2 overall.
Seaside scored its first goal with 10 minutes remaining in the first half as Steven Balzer delivered a pass to Max Broderick near the top of the penalty area, and Broderick delivered a shot into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes into the second half, Seaside's Nathan Pogue made his way through the Scappoose defense and passed the ball to Dueber, who scored the first of his two goals.
Just two minutes later, Dueber was scoring again as he found the net off a rebound shot from Jesse Hinton.
Seaside plays Friday at Rainier. The Gulls' scheduled game with Taft Wednesday has been canceled.