Sherwood takes the win 2-0WARRENTON - For 70 minutes, the Seaside girls soccer team played head-to-head and toe-to-toe against the third-ranked team in the state.
For the final 10 minutes, said Gulls coach Dave Rouse, "we were just pooped out."
And third-ranked Sherwood took advantage, scoring two goals in the late stages for a 2-0 win over ninth-ranked Seaside at the Lower Columbia Youth Complex Thursday night.
Despite the loss, the contest was the very definition of a "feel -good" game for the Gulls, who were missing key starter Maya Dooley, along with a few other bench players.
"I'm hoping this really sets a tone for the girls," said Rouse, whose team lost a 3-0 decision to fifth-ranked Wilsonville earlier in the week.
"The Wilsonville game was good, but we weren't physically aggressive. Today we brought the whole package, and what we showed today was that we should be able to play with anybody.
"We'll get in better shape, we'll have all of our players back eventually, and that will make a difference. I hope the girls know now what they can do."
Meanwhile, Sherwood won its third game at the Lower Columbia field in the last three years. The names have changed, but the same team that knocked Seaside out of the state playoffs the last two years got out with another victory.
Sherwood coach Bill Brown complimented Rouse after the game.
"He told me if we play like this, we'll beat (No. 2-ranked) Catlin Gabel," Rouse said. "That's very encouraging. Basically, he got out of this game what he wanted, which was competition and someone to push his girls. And his girls got pushed."
Other than No. 1-ranked Oregon Episcopal, Rouse said, "I don't think there's another team that will push them around the way we did."
Sherwood dominated the shots on goal in the first half (15 to Seaside's five), as the Bowmen fired away at the Gulls' net but never found the mark. Seaside keeper Julie Nelson had five saves in the first half.
Seaside's Micah Cerelli had three shots on goal in the first half, with another by Mel Owens sailing over the crossbar.
Sherwood had just three shots on goal in the first 30 minutes of the second half, before Courtney Smurdon scored from close range on a scramble in front of the net in the 70th minute.
Five minutes later, sophomore Amanda Dutra found the net from 10 yards out, crossing a shot from the right to the left post past Nelson.
Seaside had two opportunities on corner kicks in the second half, but could never score on Sherwood sophomore keeper Kacie Parris.
The Gulls will receive a well-deserved rest today, following their third game in four days.
"Three games in four days is an awful lot to ask of a team," Rouse said. "And two of the games were against top-five teams.
"For us, these last two games (Wilsonville and Sherwood) meant something. We came out, and we played head-to-head with two of the top teams in the state. And we're going to get better, so the girls should feel good about it."
Battle Ground 3, Astoria 0BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - The Astoria and Battle Ground girls' soccer teams played to a 0-0 halftime score, before the Tigers scored three goals in the final 40 minutes for a 3-0 win.
Battle Ground had goals in the 42nd, 46th and 75th minutes.
Astoria opens Cowapa League play Monday at home against Rainier (4:15 p.m.).
Boys SoccerAstoria 1, Valley Catholic 0BEAVERTON - Astoria's Josimar Macareno scored 10 minutes into the game, and the goal held up as the Fishermen defeated Valley Catholic 1-0 Thursday.
Now with a 3-0 record, the Fishermen play at La Salle Wednesday.
Sherwood 5, Seaside 0SHERWOOD - The Seaside boys soccer team - outscored 15-0 in their last three games - capped a tough week with another tough loss, 5-0 at Sherwood Thursday.
The Bowmen scored one minute into the game and held a 4-0 lead at halftime. They added a fifth goal in the second half. Sherwood scored three of its goals from long throw-ins.
VolleyballAstoria sweeps MolallaSophie DeWitt had nine kills, four aces and a block to help Astoria post a three-game win over visiting Molalla Thursday night, 25-21, 25-17, 25-11.
Wendi Agalzoff added six aces and three kills, and Rachel Gascoigne recorded 18 assists for the Fishermen, who host North Marion Tuesday.
Astoria's Amelia Hernandez turned in a solid performance in the back row, with a team-high eight digs.
Elsewhere, Hilary O'Bryan had four kills and Alysia Johnson added three kills. Astoria hosts North Marion (6:30 p.m.) Tuesday.
Knappa sweeps WahkiakumCATHLAMET, Wash. - The Knappa volleyball team cruised to its second straight three-game sweep Thursday night, posting a 25-16, 28-26, 25-19 win at Wahkiakum.
The Loggers compete in the Neah-Kah-Nie Tournament Saturday.
South Bend sweeps WarrentonWARRENTON - South Bend paid a visit to Warrenton Thursday night, and left town with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-9 sweep over the Warriors in a nonleague match.
The Warriors connected on 96 percent of their serves, while Whitney Johnson, Ashley Poole, Olivia Newbold and Amber Hackwith all had solid matches in the hitting department.
Jewell sweeps Life ChristianJEWELL - Jewell swept past Life Christian Thursday night in a Casco League match, 25-4, 25-9, 25-10.
The Bluejays take part in a tournament at South Wasco Saturday.
Seaside cancels matchThe Seaside volleyball team's bus was involved in an accident at 2 p.m. Thursday near Avenue U in Seaside. No one was seriously injured, according to Seaside coach Jason Boyd.
The Gulls' scheduled match with North Marion was canceled, and may be played at a later date.