WARRENTON - The Jon Broderick era, Part Deux, opened with a flying start Thursday afternoon at the Warrenton Soccer Complex, as Broderick's Seaside team scored a convincing 4-0 win over Valley Catholic in a nonleague boys soccer game.
It was the season opener for both teams, as well as the first game back for Broderick, the Seaside coach who spent last year teaching in France.
Broderick's review after the game: "They all played wonderfully - it was fun to watch them play.
"I'm not a very hands-on coach, so I want to see the guys take charge and make things happen themselves," he said. "They certainly did that today, and did a good job."
More so in the second half than the first. Seaside missed a number of close-range attempts in the first 40 minutes before collecting four goals in the second half.
Junior keeper Jared Cederstrom recorded the shutout in goal for the Gulls, who play at Wilsonville Tuesday.
"The first game of the season, you don't really know what to expect," Broderick said. "Valley's not a bad team. I thought their keeper (Nick Gates) had a good game, but they lost heart a little after the third goal."
Gates had several big saves for the Valiants in the first half, while Cederstrom made a number of big stops in the final 40 minutes.
"I was real happy with Jared," Broderick said. "I wasn't here last year, so my only recent memory of keepers is Jeff Budnick. Jared has some pretty big shoes to fill, and he made some good decisions and played decisively today."
The Gulls spent much of the first half testing the strength of the goal posts.
Shots from Ben Dueber and Tony West hit the right post, left post and crossbar, while Gates knocked down a few close-range shots.
The saves by Gates were more "self-defense saves" than anything, as Dueber and West unloaded a few shots on goal from point-blank range, right at Gates.
Despite total domination by the Gulls, the first half ended 0-0. It was only a matter of time, Broderick said.
"We had so many good looks - you can't do that for 80 minutes without landing a couple of 'em, so we knew that would come," he said. "After 15 minutes or so, it looked like we were able to possess the ball most of the time."
Just over four minutes into the second half, Dueber gained a ball near midfield and outraced two defenders to the goal, blasting a shot past Gates for the first goal.
Two minutes later, Dueber scored on a similar play, splitting two defenders to create a breakaway opportunity, which he converted by scoring past Gates into the lower left of the net.
West made up for his misses in the first half with a goal at the 22:30 mark, taking a long pass from David Doyle and scoring from the right post.
Sophomore Nathan Pogue capped the scoring, as the sophomore knocked in a close-range attempt following a deflected free kick from teammate Vito Cerelli.
"The forwards are really playing well," Broderick said, referring to Pogue, Dueber and West. "They know each other well, they're making good runs off the ball and opening things up for each other."
Broderick was also pleased with his defense, which included Jeff Hinton, Aaron Webb and Doyle. The Gulls' defense held together despite a few adjustments by the Valiants in the second half.
"I'm always worried about the defense, and we ran a lot of guys in there, and they seemed to pick it up," said Broderick, who was able to put several junior varsity players into the lineup, since Valley Catholic did not bring its JV team.
Seaside 4, Valley Catholic 0
V. Catholic 0 0 - 0
Seaside 0 4 - 4
44:10 - Sea, B. Dueber (unassisted)
46:20 - Sea, B. Dueber (unassisted)
62:30 - Sea, West (Doyle)
68:00 - Sea, Pogue (Cerelli)
Corner kicks - Valley Catholic 3, Seaside 3. Yellow cards - VC, Chad Karver.
Astoria 1, La Salle 1MILWAUKIE - A season opener is "exactly what it looked like," said Astoria coach Jerry Boisvert, following his team's 1-1 tie at La Salle to open the 2002 boys soccer season.
"It was a good result for us, but it was pretty ugly," said Boisvert, whose team lost to the Falcons last year, 3-0.
Astoria took an early lead, scoring in the fourth minute off a direct free kick from Tyler Gerttula, who placed the ball into the top left corner of the net.
The game remained scoreless for the next 65 minutes, before the Falcons tied it at 1-1 in the 69th minute.
"We had a corner kick, but they cleared it nicely, made some long passes and scored," Boisvert said.
Other than La Salle's lone goal, the Fishermen received good play in goal from freshman Cyrus Heike, who will be playing the position while Astoria awaits the return of Henry Brause.
"(Heike) made 23 saves, including one awesome save," Boisvert said. "He had to make a full length stretch to get to that one, and he used some magical fingers to pull in a few others."
Astoria takes part in a jamboree Saturday at the Warrenton Complex, before hosting Valley Catholic Tuesday.
Valley Catholic 6, Seaside 0BEAVERTON - Playing a little short-handed, the Seaside girls soccer team had a rough season opener Thursday as Valley Catholic recorded a 6-0 win over the Gulls in a nonleague game.
Seaside was playing without key starters Derai Darling, Kate Ayres and keeper Martha Francis.
"We only had two players on the field who had ever played varsity," said Seaside coach Dave Rouse. "So we're young right now - it's a new team."
The Gulls play in a jamboree Saturday, then play at Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday.