Hillsboro scores twice in the second half to beat Cats 2-0

HILLSBORO — It wasn't supposed to end this way, and certainly not this soon for the Westview boys soccer team.

But the Wildcats, the 2011 state champions, saw their 2012 playoff run last just two games, first posting a 5-1 Play-In win over Reynolds, and finally, falling 2-0 to Hillsboro in Saturday's first round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Hillsboro. The 21st-ranked Cats ended their season at 5-7-4 after a fourth-place finish in league, while the No. 12 Spartans improved to 10-3-2 and advanced to the second round to meet Lincoln on Tuesday.

That said, this year's Wildcat team bore little resemblance to last year's Metro and state champ, which graduated 17 seniors last spring and also saw three of its players join the Timbers Academy this fall.

Our “kids battled throughout but just came up short,” said Westview coach Tom Lathrop. “We are very proud of the progress this team made this year.”

Westview held its own with Hillsboro for a very long time, too, taking the contest into the second half still tied at 0-0. But there, eight minutes into the second period, Hillsboro senior Juan Santiago promptly untied the score. Santiago hit a looping shot from 20 yards out that nestled into the left side of the goal for a 1-0 lead that ultimately turned out to be the game winner.

Then, with seven minutes remaining in the game, Hillsboro senior Lorenzo Balcazar crossed the ball to freshman teammate Miguel Tena for the game's final score.

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