The Tillamook and Astoria girls soccer teams played evenly over the first 75 minutes Wednesday night in Tillamook. And they proved it by playing evenly over the final five minutes, as each scored a goal late in the game for a 1-1 tie.

Ranked 31st out of 34 teams, the Mooks had hopes of a big upset when they scored with five minutes remaining.

But a minute after giving up a goal, Astoria answered when Maddie Sisley made a run down the right side, carried the ball past a defender and scored the tying goal from close range.

Astoria coach Tim Fastabend called it a “very challenging, physical game.”

Tillamook's lone goal resulted from an Astoria tackle in the box, with the Cheesemakers converting the penalty kick.

Astoria had several opportunities denied by the Tillamook goalkeeper in the second half, and another shot attempt by Sisley that glanced off the post.

“The team moved the ball well in the second half, but had trouble finding a goal with Tillamook getting nine to 10 players behind the ball,” Fastabend said.

The Fishermen (5-3-3 overall, 3-1-3 in league) play Monday at Rainier/Clatskanie (0-8). Astoria closes the league season next week vs. Valley Catholic and Seaside, before opening action in the state playoffs.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or