WARRENTON - Did a week off help the Seaside boys soccer team?
"I don't know if it did or not," said Seaside coach Jon Broderick, following his team's 3-2 win over North Marion Wednesday at the Lower Columbia field.
"We're rested, and we played some good soccer for about 18 minutes of the first half," he said. "But we've made little improvement in the preseason up to now. We just seem to have a hard time passing it to the guys in the white jerseys," which the Gulls were wearing Wednesday, in their nonleague showdown with North Marion.
The two teams exchanged first-half goals, Seaside scoring first on a short break to the net by Max Broderick in the seventh minute.
North Marion was awarded a penalty kick three minutes later following a foul by Seaside's Diego Colin in the penalty box.
The Huskies converted the PK to tie the game, but the Gulls bounced back with a score by Marcus Juste, who maneuvered his way along the end line and delivered a shot past the North Marion keeper for a 2-1 lead.
North Marion answered again, this time with just 10 seconds left in the first half. Jesus Ramirez took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Gulls to score past keeper John Morgan.
That would be the final goal given up by Morgan, who made several outstanding saves in the second half.
Broderick gave Seaside the lead for good with nine minutes left in the game as he picked up a ball near midfield, dribbled through the North Marion defense and scored the game-winning goal from 15 yards out.
The contest got a little intense down the stretch. The Huskies were assessed two yellow cards and Colin was issued a red card and will miss Seaside's game Friday at Scappoose.
Tuesday's victory over North Marion was Seaside's first win since Sept. 8, and snapped a four-game losing streak in which the Gulls were outscored 18-0.
"(The intensity) just showed that these were two teams desperate for a win," coach Broderick said. "I know we were desperate for a win."