WARRENTON - It's amazing what your rival can do for you.
Astoria's 1-0 loss to second-ranked Wilsonville last week had the Seaside girls soccer team more than a little concerned heading into Tuesday night's Clatsop Clash at the Lower Columbia field.
In fact, the Gulls (3-3) were so worried that they came out and played their best game of the year against the Fishermen (1-4-1), walking off with a 3-1 win over their rivals.
"It freaked us out when they lost to Wilsonville 1-0," said Seaside's Micah Cerelli. "We know that Astoria's good this year, so we came out as strong as we could. I think we played the best tonight that we have all season."
Seaside coach Dave Rouse also expected a closer game.
"We had two 1-0 games with Astoria last year, and I thought we outplayed them in both games, but a good keeper and a stout defense can sometimes keep the score down.
"You always worry about not scoring, in any game. I'm sure Wilsonville controlled most of that game, but they didn't score a lot of goals."
Meanwhile, Seaside's scoring machine - senior Jackie Bermingham - put two more in the net for her fourth and fifth goals in the last three games.
Most of Bermingham's goals have come off assists from Cerelli, including Tuesday's first goal in the sixth minute.
"It's been working out pretty good," said Cerelli, who scored on a penalty kick in the second half for Seaside's final goal. "Jackie's just always there at the right spot, and I look for her. I try to get it to her as much as I can, because she always finishes."
Bermingham's second goal came off a pass from Mel Owens. Cerelli was able to get a shot off, but the ball glanced off the cross bar, and Bermingham was there with the follow.
"Jackie's been on fire - she's really been playing great ball," Rouse said. "She had some good shots, but Kim (Russell) is a great keeper and she's going to make life difficult for us."
Astoria had just two shots on goal in the first half, both from Maia Fastabend and both knocked down by Seaside keeper Julie Nelson.
Cerelli had a few other near misses for the Gulls.
"There were a few that I wish I could have scored on, but the PK was enough for me," she said.
Cerelli was fouled in the box five minutes into the second half and scored on the penalty kick.
Astoria's lone goal also came on a penalty kick, with Maia Fastabend converting following a Seaside hand ball late in the game.
"I thought we played real good soccer for most of the game," Rouse said. "We moved the ball around, we ran to the ball well ... I think we got a little tired at the end, even though we used 19 players.
"This is the first time all year that we've had everybody healthy," he said. "I have all my players. Now we're just going to sort out what we're going to do with them, because they can all play."
VolleyballAstoria def. ScappooseWendi Agalzoff pounded 10 kills and Rachel Gascoigne added 29 assists Tuesday night as the Astoria volleyball team opened Cowapa League play with a 25-8, 25-16, 25-22 win over visiting Scappoose.
Agalzoff added two blocks and an ace for the Fishermen, who also picked up strong play from Sophie DeWitt (nine kills, two blocks, two aces), Kristen Saulsbury (eight kills, two aces); and Hilary O'Bryan (seven kills, three aces).
Astoria plays at Tillamook Thursday.
Seaside def. TillamookSEASIDE - Seaside stormed back following a Game 1 loss to defeat Tillamook Tuesday night, 23-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19, in a Cowapa League opener at Seaside.
"We could not pass a ball to save our lives in the first game," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "Game 2 we controlled the whole way.
"Our hitting was less productive in Game 3. Game 4 we went on a late run behind the serving of Annika Gudjonsson and Ilsa McEwan to finish off the match. The team really emptied their tanks tonight."
Brenna Archibald led the Gulls with 15 kills, followed by sister Jenna with 10. Melissa King had 25 of Seaside's 31 assists.
Knappa def. ClatskanieKNAPPA - Even Clatskanie proved to be no match for the Knappa volleyball team, as the Loggers rolled to another sweep Tuesday night, 25-17, 25-14, 25-16 over the Tigers.
It was the fifth straight sweep for the Loggers.
Knappa's Alea Gribbin was 24-for-24 from the service line with three aces, while Rachele Schuyler had nine kills and Meagan Harn added 19 assists.
Warrenton def. VernoniaVERNONIA - Warrenton had five players with perfect nights at the service line in a Northwest League volleyball sweep at Vernonia Tuesday night, 25-18, 26-24, 25-22.
Jordane Marxer (19-for-19) led the way, along with Ashley Poole (12-for-12). Olivia Newbold was 19-of-24 hitting with four kills, and Brandi Jasmine was 7-of-8 with three kills.
Jewell def. North ClackamasJEWELL - The Jewell volleyball team continues to roll through the competition.
The Bluejays had another slow start Tuesday night at home against North Clackamas, but another strong finish led to another Jewell win, 17-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-16.
With the strong senior leadership of Mollie Lee and Sarah Seeley, the Jays battled back after the Game 1 loss to win three straight.
Jewell's Sonia Borders provided strong play at the net, and Frances Dugan contributed a solid game defensively, passing and receiving serves.
Cross CountryKnappa wins at VernoniaVERNONIA - The Knappa boys cross country team is so good that the Loggers finished first and second Tuesday in a three-team meet at Vernonia.
The scheduled six-team meet was reduced to three when three schools did not show up.
The course was 2.5 miles in length, and featured four-person relay teams. The Loggers placed first and second in the boys' team standings; the Knappa girls took first; and Knappa's co-ed team place second.
Knappa's first foursome included Curtis Olds (14:38), Brenten Salisbury (14:54), Josh Fry (15:15) and Paul Isom (15:43).
Knappa's No. 2 team placed second, with Lars Gjovik (15:44), Nate Boardman (16:16), Steve Tadei (16:31) and Steve Allen (17:34) running.
The Loggers' No. 1 girls team of Gretchen George (17:27), Amanda Nichols (18:35), Kirsty Coghill (19:44) and Lana Salisbury (20:31) took first in the team standings, while Knappa's co-ed squad of Kevin Martens (14:58), Luke Newberry (17:34), Martha Baechler (21:25) and Bridget Kahn (21:45) was second behind Vernonia's co-ed team.