PORTLAND — A goal by Oregon Episcopal with 10 minutes remaining in the game helped the Aardvarks score a 2-1 win over Astoria Tuesday, in a nonleague boys soccer match at OES.

Astoria coach Bill Patterson called it his team’s “best game of the year,” as the Fishermen rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a goal in the 30th minute to force a 1-1 halftime tie.

“We thoroughly outplayed them for 20 minutes in the second half,” Patterson said. “But that took a lot of energy out of us. And the conditioning got to us. They have good numbers, and they had the better part of play for 40 minutes.”

Astoria’s goal came off the foot of Josh Long, who took a pass off the left side from Liam Loughran and beat the keeper to score.

For Astoria, “Rafael Alcantar played well, and Rory (Loughran) is improving,” Patterson said. “And we’re starting to play the way I’d like to see us play, and that’s to build up and get the numbers in the attacking third. It’s taking us awhile, but we’ll get there.”

Astoria has a week off before hosting a Cowapa League opener with Yamhill-Carlton next Tuesday.


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