Central Catholic opens league play with win over Gophers


Three different players score in the Rams lopsided 3-1 victory

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Central Catholics Gabe Parrish chases down a ball in the midfield ahead of Greshams Brian Cortes Orozco during the Rams 3-1 win Tuesday night.

GRESHAM — Coming off back-to-back scoreless games, the Central Catholic boys soccer team opened the Mount Hood Conference season with an explosion, peppering the net with a barrage of shots in a 3-1 win at Gresham on Tuesday night.

The Rams went on the attack from the opening whistle, putting together three quality chances in the first 10 minutes.

Nick McCallister played a long ball down the middle for Peter Bergmann, who made a run into the box only to have Gresham defender Jose Gomez come in from the side and clear the ball away.

Moments later, Joe Sorensen fired a shot on target from 35 yards out that forced Gresham goalie Connor Cox to side step and make a save near the post.

Central was on the verge of celebrating when Bergmann chased down a pass played deep into the box, cut inside the last defender and sent a one-timer past the goalie. But the ball clanked the bottom of the crossbar and came out. Teammate Lucas Hale was in position for the rebound, but his attempt went over the top.

The scoreboard still showed 0-0, but the tone of the match was set.

Central Catholic spent the 80 minutes controlling the action and sending repeated runs into the Gresham zone, while the Gophers settled for long balls over the top that were quickly sent back into their half.

“We played two-and three-touch soccer and kept the ball moving, they just couldn’t get to it,” Rams coach Jimmy Weber said.

Central eventually cashed in with a goal in the 28th minute when Chris Palmer sent a corner kick to the far post, and Danny Allred emerged from a crowd to send a shot into the top half for a 1-0 halftime lead.

Gresham had a chance to tie late in the first half when Justin Linn broke loose down the left side, but Central goalie Nathan Criswell was quick off the line and slid low to absorb the shot off Linn's cleat.

Brennan Weber added another Rams' score early in the second half before Gresham converted a free kick to end the shutout midway through the second half. Bergmann supplied Central’s final goal with about 10 minutes to play.

The win was the first of the season for Central Catholic, which came up with draws in its three nonleague matches.

“We faced some really tough teams in the preseason, but we created a lot of shots, we just didn’t put them in,” Weber said.

Central Catholic faces David Douglas at 7 p.m. Thursday at Delta Park. The Scots won their league opener 4-0 over Centennial.

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