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Gophers struggle to keep ball out of own half, drop league opener to Central

The Rams tally a 3-1 win in Tuesdays MHC opener, handing Gresham its first defeat of the season


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Greshams Christian Flores plays a ball off a throw-in during the first half of the Gophers 3-1 loss to Central Catholic on Tuesday.

The Gresham boys soccer team turned away a series of early scoring threats, but couldn’t slow Central Catholic’s attack during a 3-1 loss to the Rams to start the Mount Hood Conference season Tuesday night.

The Rams set the tone early by putting three shots on goal in the game’s first 10 minutes. The first attempt saw Nick McCallister played a long ball down the center of the field for Peter Bergmann, but Gresham defender Jose Gomez came in from the side and cleared the ball away about 10 yards in front of the goal.

The most dangerous early chance came in the 10th minute 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.

“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.

The Rams added two more goals by Brennan Weber and Bergmann in the second half to seal the victory.

Gresham broke up the shutout bid on a free kick midway through the second half.

Look for extended match coverage in the Friday, Sept. 28, edition of The Outlook.

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