TIGARD — The Astoria boys soccer team finished up the 2018 season with a 1-1 tie Monday afternoon at Westside Christian.
Astoria finishes 4-8-2 overall, 2-5-1 in league.
Both teams were fairly tentative in the first half of Monday’s match, with the Eagles scoring the first goal on a strong counter play, creating a two-on-one situation in the 22nd minute for a 1-0 halftime lead. The Eagles had three shots on goal to Astoria’s one in the first half.
The Fishermen came out much more aggressive in the second half and controlled tempo for the first 10 minutes. Astoria looked to be the more dangerous team, but struggled to get shots on goal.
At the other end of the field, Astoria goalkeeper Tony Tumbarello made a number of impressive saves.
Astoria’s Porter Whitsett and Brooks Fromwiller were active the whole match with solid defense to deny the aggressive Eagles attack.
The Fishermen finally found the back of the net when Aldo Cruz slotted a ball into the box to the waiting Shrey Sharma, whose shot was out of reach for the Eagles’ keeper in the 43rd minute.
The play become very fast and furious on both sides over the last 10 minutes, with Astoria absorbing attack after attack from the Eagles.
“It’s been a good season,” said Astoria coach Lee Cain. “They are a solid bunch of young men that have developed in ways that our season record doesn’t show. I really hate to see the seniors go.
“There are going to be some real holes to fill next year,” he said. “Aldo (Cruz) and Christian (Medina-Perez) have given our attack real teeth, Jonathan (Jimenez) has been the strongman in the middle. Rodrigo (Palacio Rojas) has certainly matured as a strong defender, and Porter (Whitsett) has been absolutely phenomenal on the back line.”
He added, “I am also really looking forward to working with next year’s core group, who are juniors this year. And Tony (Tumbarello) has showed a ton of promise and is only a sophomore. We will be very tough next year. Wish it was summer already so we could get started.”