WARRENTON - The Astoria girls soccer team picked up its first win of the year Thursday - and just in time. They faced Rainier to open the Cowapa League season.

The Fishermen built a 2-0 halftime lead on their way to a 3-1 victory on the Columbians' field.

Astoria's Sara Morrissey opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game when she found the net off a pass from Nikki Culver.

Senior scoring leader Brooke Duling added another goal to her season total of 3, as she scored in the 37th minute with an assist from Heidi Jo Robinson.

The Fishermen increased their lead to 3-0 midway through the second half, with Morrissey scoring again off an assist from Jade Kelley. The Columbians avoided the shutout with a goal in the 65th minute.

The victory wasn't easy, said Astoria coach Norm Wentworth.

"The girls had a really hard time - the reffing was really erratic," he said. "They wouldn't let us play aggressively at all. They called two goals back that should have been goals. It was just a struggle up there today."

One Astoria player was issued a yellow card for "cumulative aggressive play by the team," Wentworth said.

"The ref said we had made four rough tackles, and I said, 'so you're giving her a yellow card?' And he said, 'Yeah.' It was a good thing I was ahead."

Duling was named Astoria's player of the game.

"She had a tremendous game," Wentworth said. "And Alisha Niemann had a terrific game. They outshot us, so I moved her back, and that stopped the shooting right there.

"That's a really rough field," he added. "One step away from a cow pasture. I was just very happy to come away with a win."

Astoria takes on Seaside Monday night.

Seaside 3, Scappoose 0WARRENTON - After starting the season with a 6-0 loss, a 4-0 win and another 6-0 loss, the Seaside girls soccer team was due for another shutout victory, which they got Thursday afternoon. The Gulls made quick work of Scappoose at the Warrenton Soccer Complex. Seaside scoring twice in the first 13 minutes on its way to a 3-0 win over the Indians in a Cowapa League contest.

"We played a good game," said Seaside coach Dave Rouse. "We didn't have a lot of subs, so the players all played a lot. Derai Darling had a great game, and the whole back line had a really good game."

Darling scored a pair of goals, her first was eight minutes into the game.

Lauren Yokum took the ball down the sideline, found Darling with a crossing pass, and Darling scored on a header from 15 yards out.

Seaside freshman Micah Cerelli made it 2-0 in the 13th minute, placing a 25-yard free kick just under the crossbar and out of reach of the keeper for the goal, her second free kick goal of the season.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Darling took a short pass from freshman Jackie Bermingham and made her way past a couple Scappoose defenders and scored.

Seaside plays Astoria at 6 p.m. Monday.

CROSS COUNTRY

Ilwaco boys take first placeCATHLAMET, Wash. - The Ilwaco boys cross country team ran its way to another victory Thursday, taking first in a meet at Wahkiakum.

The Fishermen finished ahead of second-place Wahkiakum, which was followed by Kalama, Naselle, Woodland and Oakville.

The top finisher for the Comet boys was Nate Moore (17th, 18:58), followed by Takumo Sato (21st, 19:20).

Both Ilwaco and Naselle compete Saturday in the Three-Course Challenge, hosted by Seaside at Camp Rilea.

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