A quick start helped Culver stay unbeaten in 3A-2A-1A Special District 5 soccer action.
The Bulldogs improved to 2-0-1 with a 6-2 victory at Burns on Saturday. The win followed a 3-3 tie by a last-second goal against visiting Central Christian on Thursday.
The wins set up a big home match against Grant Union at 1 p.m Saturday. The teams met in a nonleague match on Sept. 25 in John Day with the Prospectors winning 5-1. The upcoming league match is the fourth of six for Culver in Special District 5.
The top three District 5 teams advance to the playoffs with the first round on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Only the first-place team is the home team in the first round.
Culver 6, Burns 2: Arriving early helped the Bulldogs to a quick start. Culver scored three goals in the opening 19 minutes.
"We actually arrived in Burns an hour and a half before game time. So we had plenty of time to warm up," Culver coach Tom Kirk said. "After our slow start against Central Christian, the team knew they had to be ready when the match started. They were."
Juan Terrazas opened the scoring in the 11th minute. It was Culver's seventh consecutive goal by the junior (started with three against Irrigon). Hugo Rosales followed with his first goal of the season at the 16th minute.
The midfielder Rosales and forward Travis Beebe played at Burns after missing the previous match due to injury.
"Having Hugo and Travis back allowed us to go to our original starting lineup. That made a big difference," Kirk said.
Juan Espinolda then scored in the 19th minute. Junior Jamies followed with his first goal of the season late in the first half. Kate McWilliams added to the first-time goal theme by scoring early in the second half. Espindola closed out the scoring with his second goal.
Culver 3, Central Christian 3: As the seconds ticked down, Juan Terrazas completed a hat trick to give the Bulldogs a tie.
Terrazas headed the ball past the Tiger keeper with less than 30 seconds left in the Special District 5 league match.
"I jumped up to hit it in," Terrazas said of being in the middle of a crowd of players less than 10 feet from the Central Christian goal.
Terrazas' final goal helped Culver rally from a 2-0 halftime deficit. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 6-0 win at Central Christian in Redmond on Sept. 5.
"We came out a little lazy," said Terrazas of the start.
The Lions jumped ahead by scoring a pair of breakaway goals in the 19th and 31st minutes.
"We got caught defensively, not moving as we should have," Kirk said.
Culver was moving on offense, getting away 11 shots. The Lion keeper made six saves with several other shots just wide or high.
"Their keeper did a great job against you guys," Kirk told his team after the match. Tiger keeper Chris Hills made 18 saves.
Hills couldn't stop all of Culver's shots though. Terrazas tied the match at 2-all with a pair of goals in the opening 11 minutes of the second half. The first was a breakaway with Terrazas lobbing the ball over the keepers outstretched arms.
The second came on a shot from 15 yards out, off a pass from Juan Espindola. The trio of second-half goals duplicated Terrazas' effort in a 5-2 victory against Irrigon on Sept. 30 to open league play.
Culver continued to pepper the Lion goal after the tie, recording 16 shots.
Central Christian had just two, one another breakaway resulting in a goal with nine minutes left for a 3-2 lead. That lead lasted for eight minutes despite Culver having three corner kicks to set up four shots.
"We were crowding in front of the goal, so their defense was crowded in front of the goal as well," Kirk said. "We weren't spreading out like we should have."
Still, Juan Terrazas found just enough room for the tying goal.