Viking soccer sweeps Newberg
Forest Grove boys get a come-from-behind win on the road, while the girls shut out Newberg at home
The Forest Grove boys soccer team finally got the win its head coach felt it has deserved all season, scoring two late goals to cap a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over Newberg last Tuesday.
The Vikings (1-4-0) have played well this season but don't have much to show for it, allowing a few defensive lapses to cost them in Pacific Conference losses against McMinnville, Tigard and Century. That trend changed against Newberg, with sophomore Reggie Lopez tying the game midway through the second half and junior Jairo Aguillar netting the game-winner in the 76th minute.
'Newberg was a really, really great game for us because we can translate what happened on the field to the scoreboard,' said first-year Forest Grove coach Angelo Simonetti. 'The first three games we have been playing well but just haven't been capitalizing on our chances. Against Newberg, we let them score on us in the last five minutes of the first half, but the guys stayed together and we dominated the second half.'
Lopez scored on a well-placed strike in the 67th minute, curling a shot from outside the 18-yard box over the keeper to tie the game at 1-1. Aguillar scored nine minutes later, running onto a through pass from Lopez and slotting home the game-winner.
'If you're looking at the standings, you're going to see four losses and one win, but if you look at every single game under the microscope, you see that the scoreboard has been totally unfair,' Simonetti said. 'We have been playing really well. I would love to be at the top of the table, we just have not been able to get the results we want to.'
Meanwhile, the Forest Grove girls soccer team also got its first win of the season last Tuesday, shutting out Newberg 2-0 at home behind two goals from junior Amairany Acosta.
Acosta scored a pair of breakaway goals in the second half to seal the Lady Vikings' first win of the season.
'She was on first that day,' said Forest Grove head coach Jaime Ramos. 'She is really fast, and that helps a lot because we can isolate the defense and she can get behind them.
'We pretty much set the tone offensively, and in the second half it was a half-field game - we were just attacking, attacking, attacking.'
Last week's win snapped a season-opening three-game losing streak for the Forest Grove girls, and Ramos hopes it is a sign of positive things to come.
'I think it was good for us,' he said. 'One of the things we have been doing is keeping possession like 80 percent of the time. The only part of the game we are struggling with is finishing, so it was good for us to score a couple goals.'
The Viking boys return to action on the road Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against Glencoe, while the Lady Viks will host Glencoe at 7.
Forest Grove dropped a tough decision against Century last Thursday, bouncing two shots off the post and two more off the crossbar in a 2-0 loss. A week earlier against Tigard, the Vikings controlled most of the game but lost 1-0 after giving up an early goal against the run of play.
Still, Simonetti sees progress from his young team.
'I'm proud of the guys because we can turn the page from last year,' he said. 'Last year Tigard beat us 7-0 and 4-1. I think they know we've changed the tone.'