Tigers can't keep up with McMinnville
Boys soccer -- Tigard, missing five players due to illness, falls 7-1 to the Grizzlies in Tuesday's match
TIGARD - Too much McMinnville.
Too much Frankie Lopez.
Not enough healthy players.
It wasn't a good combination for the Tigard High School boys soccer team.
The Tigers, missing five players due to illness, fell 7-1 to the Grizzlies in a Pacific Conference match played Tuesday at Tigard High School. Lopez, McMinnville's highly-regarded senior forward, scored three first half goals to help the Grizzlies get the victory.
'We had an off night. It was embarrassing,' Tigard senior Andrew Hickman said after the match. 'We want to make sure this doesn't happen again.'
McMinnville, with the win improved to 5-1-0 in Pacific Conference play while moving to 9-1-0 on the season. Tigard dropped to 2-3-1 in league matches and to 3-5-2 overall.
'I guess you have to learn how to lose before you can learn how to win,' Tigard senior Evan Samuelson said.
In Tuesday's match, McMinnville grabbed a 1-0 when senior Juan Gavidia scored on a volley shot off a corner kick by senior Kevin Donato coming just 5 minutes and 9 seconds into the contest.
Gavidia scored again about 10 minutes later, giving the Grizzlies a 2-0 lead.
Lopez took over from there. He scored in the 30th minute of the first half, the 33rd minute and again in the final minute of the half to give McMinnville a 5-0 advantage at the intermission.
Samuelson had Tigard's only shot on goal in the first half, coming on a shot from 23 yards away coming with 9:15 to play in the half. Tigard senior Brian Morgan had a first-half free kick that sailed high and just wide of the McMinnville goal.
McMinnville got another goal 10 minutes into the second half to go up 6-0. The final Grizzly tally came on a Tigard own goal, coming with 26:26 to play in the contest.
The Tigers avoided the shutout, getting a goal by senior Oscar Ramirez, coming off an assist from junior Axel Cortez, with 2:17 left to play.
'We kept battling,' Samuelson said.
Prior to the loss to McMinnville, Tigard posted a 5-0 victory over Newberg in a match played last Thursday.
'That was nice,' Samuelson said. 'And we had a full team that day.'
Tigard will be back in action Tuesday when it plays at Forest Grove at 7 p.m.