Boys soccer; Domenico Del Prete scores three goals for the Wolves in their 3-2 win
TIGARD - The Tigers struck first.
But, that just might have been the wake-up call the Timberwolves needed.
The Tualatin High School boys soccer team, after falling behind rival Tigard 1-0, answered with three consecutive first-half goals on its way to posting a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference match played Tuesday at Tigard High School.
'Overall, we played well,' Tualatin coach Eric McClellan said. 'Sometimes, we start off a little too amped up. Once we settle down, we usually play good soccer.'
With the win, Tualatin improved to 2-1-1 in Pacific Conference matches, putting the Timberwolves in a tie with Hillsboro for third place in the league standings. Tigard moved to 2-2 in league play with the setback, putting the Tigers in fifth place.
'The team played well in patches,' Tigard coach Tracy Hasson said. 'We just couldn't win enough knock downs and loose balls in the midfield. Their team countered well with a lot of speed.'
Tigard took a 1-0 lead in Tuesday's match when sophomore Ben White scored on a cross from sophomore Alan Hernandez near the 15-minute mark of the contest.
'I think that woke us up,' McClellan said. 'We started off kind of slow.'
But, once they woke up, the Timberwolves took off.
Soon after the Tigard goal, Tualatin senior Domenico Del Prete scored the first of his three first-half goals to tie the match at 1-1.
At the 25-minute mark, Del Prete scored off an assist from junior Johnny Thayer to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead.
Del Prete completed his first-half hat trick six minutes later, scoring off an assist from senior Matias Silvestre to give Tualatin a 3-1 advantage.
Tigard tried to battle back in the second half. White scored his second goal on the match, coming off a cross from senior Cory Walker, with two minutes left to play, making the final score 3-2.
'We had some opportunities to put it away,' McClellan said. 'But Tigard fought back hard in the second half.'
Sophomore Jake Gellos, making his first start for Tualatin, earned the team's Tool Box award for his play in the match.
'He earned it,' McClellan said. 'He was a hard worker.'
Prior to Tuesday's contest, the Tigard boys scored a 1-0 win over Forest Grove in a match played last Thursday at Forest Grove High School. The Timberwolves fell 3-1 to league-leading McMinnville last Thursday.
The Tigers and Timberwolves will both be back in action today (Thursday).
Tigard travels to McMinnville for a 4:30 p.m. match and Tualatin will face second-place Glencoe at Hare Field in Hillsboro at 4:30 p.m.
'We're looking forward to playing Glencoe,' McClellan said.
On Tuesday, Tigard will host Newberg and Tualatin will be home to face McMinnville in 7 p.m. league contests.