The Lower Columbia U14 Osprey ended their season with an impressive 2-0 win over Southeast SC of Portland Sunday, a day after the Osprey lost to the second-place BSC Newberg side, 9-1.
Saturday’s match against BSC Newberg was played in heavy rain conditions, which did not slow down BSC’s attack. Even though the Osprey played strong defense, BSC was able to place their shots on frame and away from Osprey keeper Spark Owen, who tallied four saves.
The Osprey scored their lone goal in the 62nd minute off a pass from Josh Condit to Michael Postlewait, who was able to create a one-on-one opportunity with the BSC goalie, finding the upper back of the net.
Fortunes changed for the Osprey in Sunday’s season finale.
The Osprey — who defeated the third-place Southeast SC the previous Sunday on a penalty kick — were in control of the match from the beginning, controlling the tempo and finishing with 21 shots on goal to SESC’s five.
In the 22nd minute, the Osprey scored their first goal following a corner kick taken by Dalton Byrd that landed near post and was cleared back to Byrd, who delivered his cross to the far post where Postlewait was able to send a header under the keeper’s out stretched arms.
Postlewait also scored the second Osprey goal following a foul about 30 yards out. Condit sent a quick free kick to Postlewait, who scored on a shot from the top of the box.
The Osprey defense was nearly flawless throughout the match, making firm tackles and dispossessing SESC on a number of scoring threats.
Marco Franco-Houser had an exceptional match, beating the attacking side and clearing the ball. Brooks Fromwiller had his best match of the season and was very effective in moving the ball forward. Co-Captain Riley Cameron was strong in shutting down the middle preventing SESC from spending much time in the Osprey’s defensive third of the pitch.
Standout performances include Byrd, Ricky Godsey, and keepers Spark Owen and Tony Tumbarello.
Head coach Jerry Boisvert recognized the significance of this last win and conclusion of the season, “It’s a nice way to end the season. It’s certainly an affirmation of all the hard work the kids have put in for the past five months. We’ve certainly improved. I’m really pleased with our passing and ball movement for the past few games. To see the kids playing as a team, and sharing the ball is so encouraging. Our defense has really become the foundation of this team, creating opportunities to move the ball to the other end of the pitch.”
This closes out the fall Classic season. Many of the players will move on to high school soccer next year.
North Coast United is a new club program being launched under LCYSA and in partnership with Seaside Soccer to provide year-round soccer opportunities for U14 and older players.
Tryouts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Warrenton Soccer Complex. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.