Playing another No. 1-ranked team from the 3A/2A/1A level, the Seaside boys soccer team was a lot closer this time, but still came up short.
Catlin Gabel — the top-ranked team in the coaches poll — improved to 6-0 overall with a 1-0 win over the Gulls at Broadway Field.
In their previous five games, the Eagles had not scored fewer than five goals in any of those games.
“We knew we had to come out strong and aggressive against a very talented team,” said Seaside coach John Chapman. “The game started fast and furious, and continued that way for the whole 80 minutes.”
Both teams had several looks on goal, and the defenses responded with great saves and big defensive plays.
Seaside goalkeeper Patrick Chapman made several saves against the aggressive Eagle attacks, while the Seaside back line (Ryan Hague, Alex Campuzano-Luna, Nathanael Conrad and Josue Sanchez) all had big games.
“Julio Ortiz has been the anchor at defensive mid, and tonight was no exception,” coach Chapman said.
Eighteen minutes into the second half, Catlin Gabel broke the scoreless tie, when the Gulls cleared a ball, only to have the Eagles send a rocket shot back at the net. The shot on goal made it through Chapman's hands, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead.
The Gulls responded with some pressure of their own, and the Eagles “spent the last five minutes doing everything in the book to keep (the Gulls) from having possession,” coach Chapman said.
And with less than a minute remaining, Seaside almost found the equalizer off a corner kick, which was deflected just left of the post.
Still, the Gulls “had by far the best performance of this season as a whole team,” Chapman said. “After the OES loss, we focused on a few key fundamentals, and we are peaking just as league starts. We are taking no one for granted, and every game will be led by grit.”
Catlin Gabel has back-to-back games coming up against Oregon Episcopal, which was previously ranked No. 1 in the 3A/2A/1A poll, and which defeated Seaside 6-0 Sept. 16.