WARRENTON - It doesn't matter where the Seaside Seagulls are playing soccer nowadays - the Gulls are proving that they can play well on any field, any time, in any part of the state.
After playing four consecutive road games (at Valley Catholic, The Dalles, Sweet Home and Yamhill-Carlton), the Gulls made a rare home appearance Wednesday afternoon, and the result was the same as it's been for the last week - another win.
Seaside scored two second-half goals to pull away from Sherwood in a nonleague boys game at the Warrenton Soccer Complex for a 3-0 victory.
After opening the season with two losses, the Gulls have now won four in a row, just in time for the start of league play, Monday at home vs. Scappoose.
SUE CODY - The Daily Astorian
Seaside's Carn Wiese follows the ball into the hands of the Sherwood keeper John Lakey in Thursday's soccer match. Other players are Seaside's Jesse Hinton (No. 12), Sherwood's Robert Clarke (No. 4) and Nate Keohane, (No. 15).
"I felt the other night against Yamhill-Carlton that we are gradually getting better," said Seaside coach Jon Broderick. "We're showing more patience, and I like the way we're working the ball around.
"(Sherwood) didn't mark us very carefully, and when you have that kind of open space, you can do all kinds of things."
Wednesday's match was a game in which the Gulls had complete control from start to finish, yet it was still anybody's game midway through the second half.
Seaside's Nate Pogue had the only goal of the first half, when he took a header from Derek Spivey, repositioned himself in the box, and scored easily past Sherwood keeper John Lakey in the 17th minute.
The Gulls outshot Sherwood 10-3 in the first half, which included a pair of missed headers by Carn Wiese and Anders Benson, and a shot by Max Broderick that deflected off the cross bar.
"You can't really be in control when you have a 1-0 lead, no matter how much you're dominating a team," coach Broderick said. "We had a lot of opportunities. There were several missed headers that should have been goals."
The Gulls took more target practice in the second half, taking seven shots on goal before finally finding the net in the 62nd minute when Pogue scored on a header off a perfectly placed corner kick from Jesse Hinton to the far post.
Five minutes later, Max Broderick scored from 10 yards out off an assist from Kevin Nagle.
After hosting Scappoose Monday, the Gulls are scheduled to play at North Marion Tuesday.
Astoria 2, Molalla 1MOLALLA - The fourth-ranked Astoria boys soccer team avoided a near-upset Wednesday afternoon as a strong second half saved the Fishermen in a 2-1 nonleague win at Molalla.
The Indians scored six minutes into the game, and a second shot deflected off the post midway through the half, which ended with Molalla holding a 1-0 lead.
The Astoria offense came to life in the second half when Phil Gaffney crossed a pass to Peter Springer, who scored in the 52nd minute to tie the game.
In the 74th minute, Gaffney dropped a pass to Steven Wentworth, who scored the game-winner.
Molalla failed to convert on a penalty kick in the 79th minute, one of the Indians' rare second-half opportunities.
Jose Cruz - Astoria's co-Cowapa League Player of the Year last season - was cleared to play Wednesday, and was in uniform for his first game of the year.
The Fishermen play at No. 2-ranked Wilsonville Friday.