Sunset falls in rematch 1-0

Tigard gets the lone goal in its Thursday victory over the Apollo boys team

CEDAR MILL - Save for a 10-second stretch, Sunset's rematch against Tigard - the two met in the 2005 Class 4A state quarterfinals - was about as evenly matched as it gets.

Neither boys soccer team made many threats against the other's top-notch defense as each side worked out early season kinks in its offense during the non-conference game last Thursday at Sunset High School.

But 10 seconds was all it took for the Tigers to notch the 1-0 victory over the Apollos.

Tigard sophomore forward Reid DeGeer provided the difference Thursday with a goal 14 minutes, 14 seconds into the second half. DeGeer gathered a cross from junior Daniel Hunter and banged a hard shot that Sunset defender Brad Paik raced in to deflect. DeGeer quickly regained possession, though, dribbled past a defender and sent a shot over the keeper that slipped just inside the left post for the game's only score.

'It was a good game, but it should've been a tie,' Sunset coach Jeff McAllister said. 'There was just that 10-second stretch where we let the guy through.'

Neither team had many clean chances in the game with the Apollos getting off 10 shots to Tigard's seven.

But Sunset had a few opportunities to tie the game in the waning moments. Apollos' forward Scott Gardner fired two hard shots at the Tigard goal with less than four minutes to play. His first shot was deflected by a Tualatin defender and the second also was redirected off a Tiger and rolled wide of the right post.

That set up Josh Herman's well-placed corner kick, but Tigard keeper Brian Kostel Kostel ran into the pack in front of the goal and slapped the ball out of harm's way.

Sunset's final attempt at the equalizer was also thwarted by Kostel. Herman got a solid head on Paik's free kick from near midfield, but it went right at Kostel, who made the easy grab.

Tigard's best chance in the first half came when Vicente Cortez broke ahead of the pack in the 30th minute. He beat two defenders, but Sunset keeper Sam Leeding came out to deflect his shot then grabbed the loose ball to end the threat.

Tigard controlled action through the game's first 10 minutes before Sunset maintained possession much of the next 12 minutes. Toward the end of that span, Herman fired a shot from 25 yards out on the left side toward the right post, but Tigard keeper Andrew Hickman knocked the ball wide. The ensuing corner kick was headed out and then cleared by Tigard.

'The last couple games we've been lacking offense,' McAllister said. 'That's due to having young players and our lack of experience. Defensively we're fine. We just need to get the offense going.'

Sunset (0-2-1 after a 2-0 loss to Grant on Tuesday) has one last chance to do so before starting Metro League play Monday. The Apollos host Franklin tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m.