Tigers down West Salem, but are tipped by Grant in soccer playoffs
PORTLAND - The Tigard High School boys soccer team was able to battle its way to one clutch state playoff victory.
But the Tigers came up short in the second round.
Tigard, which opened the Class 6A state playoffs with a 1-0 victory at West Salem in a first-round match on Saturday, saw its season come to a close with a 3-1 loss to Grant in a second-round state playoff match played Tuesday at Lincoln High School.
Grant, the No. 1 team from Special District 1, improved to 12-2-2 on the season with the victory while also advancing to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Generals will play at Clackamas in a state playoff quarterfinal match on Saturday.
Tigard, the Pacific Conference runner-up, finished its season with a final overall record of 10-5-1.
The Tigers opened postseason play with the victory at West Salem on Saturday.
Tigard got what turned out to be the game-winning goal on a penalty kick taken by sophomore Alan Hernandez in the 76th minute.
The penalty kick was set up on an intentional handball call on a West Salem defender on a header shot by Tigard senior Drew Nyberg. The West Salem goalkeeper was beaten on the play, and the handball stopped Nyberg's shot from being a goal.
Senior Max Raye and junior Brian Josephson played strong on defense on the victory, with Josephson making a key play to prevent a West Salem goal.
Senior Alex White and Nyberg played strong in the middle.
In Tuesday's match with Grant, the Generals took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by senior Hogan Marhoefer in the opening minute of the contest. Tigard quickly countered minutes later on a goal by sophomore Sean McManamon.
But Grant was able to pull away and get the win behind another goal by Marhoefer and a goal by Drew Edmonds.