Seaside 1, Astoria 0WARRENTON - You can put aside the records, shots on goal, best fight song and everything else - a soccer game between the Astoria and Seaside girls always comes down to the same thing - a physical, defensive battle that comes down to a goal in the waning minutes of the game.

Sort of like Tuesday's match at the Lower Columbia Youth complex.

After coming up empty on their first 22 shots on goal, the Gulls converted on shot No. 23 as Seaside's Micah Cerelli worked her way through the Astoria defense and scored on a left-footer from 15 yards out with nine minutes left in the contest.

Reaction from Seaside coach Dave Rouse: SUE CODY - The Daily Astorian

Astoria's Marlie Cokley gets control in a field of players at Tuesday's soccer match."We just kept knocking and knocking, and we finally made it click."

Reaction from Astoria coach Dan Foss: "You create so many opportunities, it's bound to happen."

Reaction from Cerelli: "It was with my left foot - I usually shank those."

But this one was good, and it gave the Gulls a 1-0 Cowapa League victory over the Fishermen. Seaside improves to 3-2-1 overall (2-0 in league), while Astoria drops to 0-2 in league.

"We had lots of opportunities before (Cerelli's goal)," Rouse said. "But it's a typical Seaside-Astoria game. I expected coming in that it would not be a high-scoring game.

"Our girls know how good they are, but I know how hard Astoria's going to play. Astoria played with a lot of heart, they have a really good keeper and some good players, and they fought all the way to the end."

The Fishermen just lacked the offense to keep pace with the Gulls. Astoria managed just two shots on goal in the first half, none in the second.

That made for an easy night for Seaside keeper Julie Nelson, although "she was there in spirit," Cerelli said.

"We all bring our best game against each other," she said of the Astoria-Seaside rivalry. "It's just the way it is. Good competition."

The Gulls had 13 shots on goal in the first half, 10 of which were saved by Astoria keeper Kim Russell.

Seaside's Abby Frank came the closest to scoring, but her free kick in the 30th minute deflected off the far post.

Astoria started Emily Kuske at keeper in the second half, and she made several saves, while shots by Cerelli and Frank were either deflected or narrowly missed.

Shortly after a Seaside corner kick in the 70th minute, Cerelli gathered in the ball near midfield, dribbled through the Astoria defense, and scored the game's only goal.

"If you can keep the other team from scoring, you can steal one," Rouse said. "And (Astoria) almost did. This is the way all the Astoria-Seaside games have gone for four years now.

"It doesn't matter which team is better. It comes down to a dogfight and a one- or two-goal difference."

Foss said, "Regardless of the past or records, it's just intense. There was some good defense from both ends. We struggled to get shots on goal, but we looked better than we have in a while.

"The key part of our team is our defense - I'm proud of everybody back there. We'll just try to get better through the middle and at forward, and hope for the best."

Meanwhile, Seaside's backline players "were a little upset with themselves, because they didn't think they played a good game," Rouse said. "I don't know how they could think that, because I thought it was a fabulous game.

"Mel (Owens), Stephanie (Chesnut), Brittney (Rekate), and the two girls off bench, D.J. (Koch) and Britney Cave ... and Allie Brady played 80 minutes of soccer, marking Maia Fastabend most of the time, and played a fabulous game."

Astoria, which has played short-handed for much of the season, may be without junior midfielder Megan Gallegos, who went down with a knee injury in the first half.

"She heard a pop in her knee, and they will look at it (today)," Foss said. "We'll hope for the best. I'm proud of our goalkeepers - they were tough. Everybody gave their best, and that's all you can ask for."

Astoria vs. Seaside, past four years:

2003

Seaside 1, Astoria 0

Seaside 0, Astoria 0

2002

Astoria 2, Seaside 0

Astoria 1, Seaside 1

2001

Seaside 6, Astoria 1

Astoria 2, Seaside 1

2000

Seaside 1, Astoria 0

Seaside 4, Astoria 0

Boys SoccerSeaside 6, North Marion 1AURORA - Seaside built a 5-0 lead in the first half on its way to a 6-1 win at North Marion Tuesday in nonleague boys soccer action.

The Gulls scored three minutes into the game, as Carn Wiese assisted Brian Dueber for the goal. Wiese also got the assist on a goal by Nate Pogue in the 15th minute, and Pogue scored again three minutes later, off a well-executed play from Perry Broderick to Dueber, who crossed to Pogue.

Jesse Hinton made it 4-0, as he gathered in a ball from Seaside keeper Gabe Wahrmund near midfield, worked his way down the short field and scored with the assist to Wahrmund.

Derek Spivey scored his first goal of the season in the 35th minute with an assist from Hinton.

Hinton also assisted Wiese for the final goal, which came in the opening minutes of the second half. North Marion's Trevor Lyles scored midway through the half.

VolleyballRainier def. AstoriaRainier outlasted Astoria in a close Cowapa League opening match Tuesday night as the Columbians defeated the Fishermen 25-15, 23-25, 27-25, 31-29.

Corey Jacobson led Astoria with six kills and three blocks, and teammate Wendi Agalzoff added five kills and four blocks. Heather Arnold and Laura Ferguson each had five kills and two blocks, and Shyra Merila finished with 22 assists.

"With the exception of the first game, we were right there all night," said Astoria coach Angee Hunt. "It just came down to Rainier being a little bit better. Our defense had to work pretty hard."

Astoria (2-3 overall) plays at Tillamook Thursday.

Tillamook def. SeasideSEASIDE - Tillamook left town with a five-game win over Seaside Tuesday night as the Cheesemakers opened the Cowapa League season with a dramatic 12-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 victory.

"This was a great match," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "I wish we could have ended up on the winning end.

"Our kids played really well for most of the match. Game 1 we came out on fire. Our serving - especially behind Kathy Maltman - never let Tillamook set up its offense."

Tillamook took an early 9-3 lead on its way to a Game 2 win, but the Gulls bounced back in Game 3.

"Strong serving and intelligent hitting from our outside hitters (Kathy Maltman and Jeannie Pfund) allowed us to pull away," Boyd said.

Seaside trailed the entire way in Game 4, despite a late comeback that fell just short. The Cheesemakers grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the fifth game, and held on for the win.

"I am very proud of our girls," Boyd said. "They played the entire night and did not give up. Everyone contributed to the effort and that's what makes this group so special.

"They want each member of the team to improve and play. They are very devoted to their goals and I know that they will be achieved in the end."

The Gulls play at Banks Thursday.

Knappa def. VernoniaVERNONIA - Knappa made it five in a row Tuesday night, as the Loggers improved to 5-0 overall in dual matches with a 25-7, 25-11, 25-21 win at Vernonia.

Knappa connected on 97 percent of its serves, which included 13 straight service points from Nadra Evans in Game 1.

Now 2-0 in league, Knappa hosts Riverdale Thursday.

P. Lutheran def. WarrentonWARRENTON - A tough night from the service line hurt Warrenton's effort Tuesday night as Portland Lutheran defeated the Warriors 25-15, 21-25, 25-19, 25-13 in a Northwest League match.

Warrenton's Whitney Johnson connected on 18-of-20 hits with seven kills, and teammate Olivia Newbold connected on 19-of-23 with four kills.

Jewell sweeps Open DoorJEWELL - The Jewell volleyball team picked up a pair of victories Tuesday night, as the Bluejays hosted a volleyball doubleheader with Open Door Academy.

Jewell won the opener 25-14, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19, then swept the second match, 25-13, 25-19, 26-24.

The Jays improve to 5-1 overall, and will host a first-place showdown with Damascus Thursday.

Naselle def. Lake QuinaltNASELLE, Wash. - Naselle made quick work of Lake Quinalt Tuesday night, cruising past the Elks 25-12, 25-1, 25-11.

Katie Klinger served the first 13 points in Game 2, and Brittanie Vaughn served the final 11. Annie Herrold had two kills for the Comettes, who improve to 2-0 in league, 3-2 overall.

The Naselle junior varsity won 25-13, 25-4, 15-6.

Naselle plays at Northwest Christian Thursday.

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