GirlsSeaside 2, Yamhill-Carlton 0Seaside girls soccer team had "first-game jitters" Monday, according to coach Dave Rouse.
But the Gulls defeated Yamhill-Carlton 2-0 thanks to two first-half goals.
Last year's first-team all-leaguer Abby Frank, a senior, opened the scoring after 13 minutes with an assist from another senior, Micah Cerelli.
Cerelli, last year's Cowapa League player of the year, took the spotlight four minutes later, slotting home a a penalty kick.
Rouse, in his 12th year with the Gulls, said his team was not as strong as they could have been, but played well in stretches.
The Gulls host Wilsonville today at 5:30 p.m. at the Warrenton Soccer Complex.
BoysSeaside 0, Central 6Coach Jon Broderick summed it up as his young team left Warrenton Soccer Complex Monday night after a 6-0 defeat.
"Central is the team that Seaside wants to become," he said, after watching the school from Independence-Monmouth simply overpower his side. The defeat followed a 7-2 season opener against Newport last week in which five Gulls got on the scoresheet.
Monday's visitors, with nine seniors on the roster compared with Seaside's three, used superior ball-handling skills in attack and demonstrated solid defensive formations that stymied any Seaside forays into their half.
The agony began after four minutes when a Central corner kick was inadvertently knocked into the Seaside net by a defender. The score doubled in similar circumstances after 25 minutes as a crossed ball was mishandled by Seaside keeper John Morgan and went into the goal. Central senior Jesus Hernandez scored 10 minutes later to give his team a 3-0 lead to take into halftime.
After the interval, the Panthers piled on the pressure and seniors Michael Rand and Logan Yliniemi scored with long-range shots after promising passing movements on the wings and then senior Jose Hernandez booted the ball through a crowd of defenders to add the sixth. On the bright side, Seaside kept the visitors from adding to their total during the final 20 minutes. Another highlight was a save by sophomore Morgan four minutes after halftime that raised the team's spirits, through not for long.
Seaside travels to Wilsonville tonight for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Astoria 8, Taft 1Astoria boys were heading for a cricket score rather than a soccer score at Taft when the referee blew the final whistle Monday night.
The high score was thanks to two hat-tricks from junior forward Kevin Speer and junior midfielder Josimar Macareno, plus a brace from junior forward Kyle McMullen.
The eight goals ensured coach Jerry Boisvert's players were able to keep their winning momentum going after opening their season with a 2-0 win over Philomath Thursday. They were sparked by a "mystery penalty kick" called against Astoria early in the second half.
Astoria went into the halftime break 2-0 ahead. Then came an odd refereeing decision that Boisvert said changed the game. Taft scored from the penalty mark but the Fishermen immediately came back into the game all fired up. "Everybody came to life. It was a weird kind of motivation," said the coach
Boisvert said the game was played on a narrow field, reminiscent of difficult trips to Rainier in prior seasons.
"It was a chance to dominate against a team that likes to run and chase," he said.
The Fishermen play at Valley Catholic Thursday.