Not bad, North Coast soccer teams. Clatsop County was 2-for-3 Tuesday afternoon, in a trio of state soccer playoff games, all on the road.
The Astoria boys dominated in a 4-0 win at North Bend, while the Seaside boys edged Sisters, 2-1. The only casualty was the Seaside girls' squad, which fell 2-0 at Hidden Valley.
As a result, the Astoria and Seaside boys will both host quarterfinal playoff games Saturday at the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer facility on Ridge Road. Astoria will play at 1 p.m.; Seaide at 4:30 p.m.
The Fishermen (10-4-2 overall) will play fourth-ranked Hidden Valley, while the Gulls square off with third-ranked McLoughlin. Should both Astoria and Seaside win Saturday, the two would meet in a semifinal game Nov. 15.
BOYS SOCCERAstoria 4, North Bend 0NORTH BEND - Astoria dominated possession for much of the game in a 4-0 win at North Bend.
The Fishermen collected 33 shots on goal to just six for the Bulldogs, while Astoria goalkeeper Gabe Davis made four saves and picked up the shutout. North Bend keeper Eric Horbatiuk had 15 saves.
The match was scoreless at halftime, but Astoria struck early in the second half.
In the 43rd minute, Kevin Speer took a pass from Brendan Cope near the goal and booted a kick off the left post, then kicked the rebound into the net.
The score stayed 1-0 until the 62nd minute, when Micah Schauermann chased down a long pass from Steven Wentworth for a breakaway and beat Horbatiuk.
Speer scored the third goal from 25 yards out in the 67th minute, taking a crossing pass from Josimar Macareno and knocking it in.
The final goal was a header by Dwight Norfleet on a pass from Matt Brause in the 70th minute.
Astoria freshman defender Alfredo Garcia played solid defensively, limiting the North Bend shots on goal.
- Report by John Gunther,
The (Coos Bay) World
Seaside 2, Sisters 1SISTERS - Max Broderick became a thorn in the side of the Sisters boys' soccer team Tuesday.
The Seaside senior midfielder scored two goals, including the game-winner midway through the second half as the Seagulls defeated the Outlaws 2-1 in a 3A state playoff at Sisters High School.
Seaside, the No. 3 seed from District 1, improves to 8-5-2 on the season and advances to a state quarterfinal matchup with No. 3-ranked and unbeaten McLoughlin of Milton-Freewater 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sixth-ranked Sisters, the No. 1 seed from District 5, ended its season 9-4-2 after the second-round, home-field loss on a cold but sunny afternoon.
"It was kind of a weird game," said Sisters coach Rich Hummel. "We should have won, but didn't. We had so many chances. The difference was they scored on their opportunities, and we didn't."
The Gulls got on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the match when Broderick took advantage of the Sisters defense not clearing a ball and fired a shot from the right wing into the goal.
The Outlaws pulled even at 1-1 about 13 minutes later as junior Ryley Newport, the Player of the Year in District 5, sent an unassisted blast from 25 yards out that found its way into the lower right corner of the goal.
The score remained deadlocked until midway through the second half, when Broderick found himself in the right place at the right time - following up a shot by a teammate that had hit the post - to score the game-winning goal.
- Report by Kurt Holland,
The Bend Bulletin