WARRENTON - The Astoria Fishermen were royal pains Thursday afternoon at the Warrenton Soccer Complex. But don't worry - it's just what their coach ordered for his team's season opening game against the Philomath Warriors.
"My goal for the kids today was to be 'pains' and get on the ball," Boisvert said. "And not just offensively, but use their athleticism to shut (Philomath) down everywhere."
Which the Fishermen did, using a swift offense and a bothersome defense to send the Warriors packing, 2-0. Philomath finished with no shots on goal or even near the goal.
Meanwhile, a goal by Astoria's Kyle McMullen in the first half and Kevin Speer's score in the waning minutes of the game gave the Fishermen their season-opening shutout over the Warriors.
It was Astoria's third straight win over Philomath going back to last year, when the Fishermen beat the Warriors 3-1 in the regular season and 3-2 in a district playoff.
"We covered more positions than they did," Boisvert said. "Philomath came out aggressive, but we exploited our athleticism and kept the ball moving. And if Philomath wanted to run and chase, fine. But they were chasing some pretty fast kids."
All of which points to another strong season for the Fishermen, who were even missing two key players (Rembar Garcia and Micah Schauermann).
In fact, Boisvert's "pressure the ball" philosophy could lead to a very special season.
"In my mind, the best teams know how to do that," he said. "Whether it was a Catlin Gabel, or last year's La Salle team, those teams give you no room. And they're championship teams, because they work both sides of the ball."
After misfiring on their first four shots on goal, the Fishermen finally scored with five minutes remaining in the first half, as McMullen took a short pass from Josimar Macareno and scored past Philomath keeper Nate Strand.
Strand made saves on four more Astoria shots midway through the second half, while attempts by Denis Larion and freshman Alfredo Garcia sailed wide of the mark.
With three minutes left in the contest, Speer gained control of a ball inside the penalty area and pushed it past Strand for the final goal.
"We've got four solid forwards this year," Boisvert said. "We'll keep working with them, and I was pleased with the outcome today."
Meanwhile, "we're still trying to figure out a defense," he said. "I played eight different kids on the back line today. That will come together."
Junior Matt Brause started and played the first half at keeper, and junior Gabe Davis played the final 40 minutes.
"We're just experimenting," Boisvert said. "There's three varsity keepers we could use. Neither one got tested today, but both those kids are very good. Alfredo (Garcia) is another I've been impressed with."
Rembar Garcia's absence "gave us a chance to see Matt and Steve (Wentworth) play the sweeper role," Boisvert said. "Those kids have both played there before, and they both did a good job today."
Astoria plays at Taft Monday.
Seaside 7, Newport 2NEWPORT - Seaside overcame a 2-1 deficit midway through the first half with six unanswered goals in a 7-2 win at Newport.
Brazilian exchange student Marcus Juste scored three goals for the Gulls in the nonleague boys soccer contest, the season opener for both teams.
Seaside's Ryan Putman gave the Gulls an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the 10th minute, before the Cubs responded with goals from Nicholas Cornejo and Jacob Bodenstab for the 2-1 advantage.
The Gulls bounced back with two straight scores from Juste, the second off an assist from Justin Krieger.
Alec Carlson scored off a corner kick from Anders Benson to give Seaside a 4-2 halftime lead.
Evan Knippa, who assisted Putman on the first goal, opened the scoring in the second half with a goal, then assisted Juste for another score and a 6-2 lead.
Leo Luna, up from the junior varsity, capped the scoring for the Gulls off a corner kick from Putman.