Beaverton bashes Forest Grove at home

Grinning from ear-to-ear, but far from satisfied, the Beaverton boys' soccer team prolonged its postseason path on Tuesday against Forest Grove.

Putting away balls that earlier in the season were hard to come by, the Beavers vanquished the Vikings, 3-0, at home to advance to the 6A quarterfinals this Saturday against No. 1 Central Catholic.

However, Beaverton wants more. A lot more.

“We got at 'em and finished our chances,” said senior Ian Coleman, who scored a goal and had two assists. “But, we still have a lot of work to do. We want to get to the finals. We want to win the championship, so we have to keep progressing. We have stuff to work on still. We're doing good, but we need to tighten things up, so we can get to the championship and win.”

“We worked really hard,” said sophomore Misael Ochoa. “But we need to keep the ball more and work as a team. Each day we need to work harder to win the championship.”

Ochoa put away Beaverton's first goal when Coleman's initial shot from 10 yards away was blocked by the Viking keeper. Ochoa didn't give up on the play, however. The quick-witted sophomore scooted over to where the ball bounced off the Forest Grove keeper and drove it into the net for the Beavers' opening goal with 27 minutes to go in the first half.

“I just did what my coach tells me, 'Follow the shot',” said Ochoa.

“I was a little frustrated at first, but I saw Misael there and was like, 'Oh, he's scoring that',” said Coleman. “He's always on the end of those, and I'm glad, so we can get some goals. A win's a win, so however it goes in, it goes in.”

In the second half, it was Coleman's turn to rack up a tally. With 25 minutes remaining in the second half, the senior took a through ball past the Viking defense, flicked it over a bigger defender, settled the ball and sent a shot to the opposite corner of the goal, where the Forest Grove goalie wasn't.

“We were able to connect all our passes through to the goal,” said Coleman. “We were right on point, so we were able to finish our chances and get them right in the net. That's always good.”

In practice, Coleman said, the Beavers have put extra emphasis on finishing at the net and moving off the ball to put themselves in position to bag goals. Their passing was true and accurate, and often times set Beaverton up in superb scoring position. The Beavers played at their pace, stuck the ball on the ground as opposed to playing it in the air, and came out on top.

“We're just riding the wave,” said senior Nico Maier. “The fans are behind us, so we just keep going. “Three-0 is the perfect result. We've been working toward that all season.”

Ungratified with just two goals, Ochoa took a touch from Coleman 14 minutes later in wide-open soil and directed his teammate's pass into the net to go up 3-0.

“That's the first time I've had two goals in one game,” said Ochoa. “The fans were happy, so I was happy too.”

“That's the first time we've scored three goals this season,” added Nico Maier.

Beaverton's defense of Devon McJacobs, Sam Eppler and Duncan Carlson stayed firm in the second half when Forest Grove fostered a better offensive attack. Their exertion coupled with Coleman and Ochoa's offense sent the No. 24 Beavers — only one of two Metro teams left standing in the playoffs along with Jesuit — into a showdown with the top-ranked Rams.

“It's great that we're coming to that in the second round of the playoffs,” said Maier. “Now we're in the quarterfinals against a great opponent. So, we have to work through that in practice, and training sessions, and stay focused.”

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