Bowmen tipped by Cleveland in quarterfinal tilt

Boys soccer: Sherwood's strong season ends with 2-0 setback
by: Christopher Onstott DYNAMIC DEFENDER — Sherwood senior defender Max Lierow goes up high to get to the ball during the Bowmen's state playoff quarterfinal match at Cleveland on Saturday.

PORTLAND - The young Sherwood High School boys soccer team extended its season all the way into the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.

But, going up against a talented Cleveland squad, the Bowmen couldn't take their season any farther.

Sherwood saw its 2011 campaign come to an end with a 2-0 loss to the Warriors in a Class 5A state playoff quarterfinal match played Saturday under rainy, windy conditions at Cleveland High School.

'It was a good season,' Sherwood coach Monty Hawkins said. 'Not much was expected from this group, but we got to 11 wins.'

The Bowmen, the No. 2 team out of the Northwest Oregon Conference, finished their season with a final overall record of 11-4-2. Cleveland, the No. 2 team out of the Portland Interscholastic League, improved to 13-3 on the season. The Warriors also advanced to meet Wilson in Tuesday's semifinal round of the state playoffs.

'They're exceptional in the midfield,' Hawkins said. 'We played them before (a 2-1 loss back on Sept. 15), so we had a little familiarity.'

And, with that, Sherwood got off to a strong start in Saturday's quarterfinal contest.

'We started well and had a few good chances,' Hawkins said.

One of those chances was a rebound shot by senior Dane Anderson. The shot, from 18 yards out, sailed just wide of the Cleveland goal five minutes into the contest.

Cleveland started to come back strong after that.

'They set a tempo,' Hawkins said. 'They're a good passing team.'

Cleveland took a 1-0 lead near the midway mark of the first half when senior defender Eric George cleared the ball away from 50 yards out. The ball, after catching a gust of wind, drifted all the way down the field and found its way into the Bowmen goal, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead with 22 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half.

Cleveland upped the lead to 2-0 on a goal by sophomore Charlie Clark coming 11 minutes into the second half.

'We went all out after that,' Hawkins said.

The Bowmen created four or five chances down the stretch, but Cleveland held them off to get the 2-0 victory.

The loss marked the final high school match for Sherwood seniors Ridge Bradley, Perrin Hess, Anton Laine, Kevin Bacewich, Dane Anderson, Mitch Schaefer and Max Lierow.

The Bowmen should have a strong group back next year, including junior forward Nathan Anderson, who was named the NWOC Player of the Year. In the 2011 season, Anderson had 20 goals and 11 assists.