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Skyhawks start fast in Metro play

Southridge rolls past Beaverton and Sunset in its first two Metro League games


BEAVERTON — There’s still a long way to go, but Southridge’s boys soccer team has already made its presence felt in the 2012 Metro League race.

The Skyhawks kicked off the regular season with a 3-0 win at Beaverton, then followed that up with a 2-1 home win over Metro favorite Sunset on Monday. Those results lifted the Skyhawks’ Metro record to 2-0-0 (5-1-0 overall) and kept them in a first-place tie with Jesuit.

by: MILES VANCE - HEADS UP - Southridge senior midfielder Tom Peterson (left) heads the ball upfield while being defended by Beaverton junior midfielder Diego Ramirez during the Skyhawks 3-0 win at Beaverton High School on Sept. 20.

“It’s a great way to start, and to send a message to Jesuit and Sunset and everyone else in the league because it’s a very tough league,” said Southridge senior forward Matt Kimball, who scored his team’s second goal and assisted on its third against Beaverton. “We want to let them know we’re not going to sit back this year — we’re going to attack for the league.”

“It’s great to come out and get three goals in the first half, especially against our rival,” said senior Tanner Holland, who had his team’s first goal against the Beavers. “It’s a great start.”

The Beavers, meanwhile, came back with a 3-0 win over Aloha on Monday to square their Metro record at 1-1-0 (1-4-1 overall) and ease, at least a little, the pain of the loss to Southridge.

“We played well. We spread the ball and we’ve been doing what (coach Ryan Youngblood) wants us to do,” Beaverton junior midfielder Seth Temple said after the loss to Southridge. “It just doesn’t always fall the way you want it to.”

“We had some players who really dug deep, played the full 80 and that was awesome for us,” said Beaverton senior defender Gaelen Murray. “We’re just going to work on finishing.”

The Skyhawks and Beavers traded shots early on in their game at Beaverton High School, but Southridge broke through for what turned out to be the game-winner with 23 minutes and 27 seconds left in the opening half. Sophomore midfielder Tom Peterson started the scoring play when he sent a corner kick into the Beaverton penalty box from the right side, and Holland finished it when he sliced through a cadre of Beaver defenders and volleyed it home with his right foot.

“I saw David out there, saw him cross it in and my eyes got big and I just whacked it in,” Holland said.

The Beavers came back with two great scoring chances in the next 12 minutes, the first of those on a diagonal pass toward the Southridge goal by Murray. Teammate Zack McCann met the ball at the far post but missed wide left to leave the Skyhawk lead at 1-0.

Beaverton came close again with 11:09 left in the half when Temple took a pass from Diego Ramirez in the upper right corner of the Southridge penalty box and drove a hard shot at the goal, forcing Southridge keeper Mario DeSimone to make a diving deflection.

The Skyhawks then put the game on ice with two goals in the final 3:37 of the first half. Kimball got the first of those two scores when he took a shot that was blocked by Beaver keeper Dyllon Carlson, then collected the rebound and knocked it in at the right post.

Southridge added its final goal with 37 seconds to go in the half when Kimball passed the ball backward in the center of the Beaverton penalty box to sophomore midfielder Gen Kimura and Kimura scored from 12 yards out for the final 3-0 margin.

“It’s always a huge boost to get two goals in three minutes, especially at the end of the half because you want them to go into halftime with their heads down and we’re up and confident,” Kimball said.

“It’s always tough when you get scored on, but you kind of have to have a short-term memory and get right back at it,” Murray said.

Both defenses stepped up their efforts in the second half, with each team managing only a couple shots on goal and game officials handing out three yellow cards, two to the Skyhawks and one to the Beavers.

Beaverton’s best chance to score came with 7:22 remaining when Murray missed wide left following a Beaver free kick from just outside the Southridge penalty box.

“I think that in the second half, we worked harder, we communicated and we tightened up on defense,” Temple said. “And on offense, we pressed more and it was easier to keep the ball and not get ourselves attacked so much.”

In upcoming games, Beaverton hosts Westview tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. and plays at Sunset at 7:30 p.m. Monday, while Southridge hosts Jesuit at 7:30 p.m. tonight and plays at Westview at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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