Colemans hat trick gives Rangers the victory

Rangers' defense shuts down the Husky attack, allowing just one shot
by: Jeff Spiegel The Rangers celebrate after one of their five goals against Sweet Home last Thursday

Fresh off their 1-0 victory over Scappoose, the Estacada boys soccer team continued their strong preseason with a 5-1 victory over Sweet Home on Sept. 8.

Estacada was on the attack early as Westley Coleman sent in a perfect corner kick that rolled right across the mouth of the goal before being cleared away by a Husky defender. Fortunately for the Rangers, they didn't miss too many other opportunities.

Just a few minutes later, Coleman stole the ball at midfield and dribbled it all the way inside the box before putting the ball just outside of the goalkeeper's reach. Coleman added to the score just before halftime with another corner kick, but this time he did it himself, bending the ball over the keeper's head to extend the lead to 2-0.

As the second half started, the Rangers once again earned a corner kick, and once again, Coleman made the Huskies pay. This time he found Alfredo Belman on the back post, who used his body to put the ball into the back of the net and extend the lead to three.

Two minutes later it was Coleman again as he headed home a perfect ball from Jimmy Wheeler off a free kick to give himself a hat trick.

'Westley is going to be the guy this year,' head coach Johnnie Workman said, 'and when we started to struggle in the final third I moved him up there and he straightened us out.'

The lead would grow as high as five when Eric Villafania drilled home a breakaway shot halfway through the second half. The Huskies did get one goal back on a penalty shot with just minutes remaining in the game before the final whistle blew.

While the offense did a great job of putting the ball in the net, a lot of the credit goes to the Rangers' defense, which held Sweet Home to just one shot on goal the entire game. That shot came with just three minutes left in the second half.

'We still have a lot of work left to prepare for league,' Workman said, 'and we still have some guys who need to step up and think, because we still aren't playing as a unit.'