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Putnam coeds finish strong

The Kingsmen hammer No. 10 Mountain View, and they give the defending state champs a run for their money


by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Putnam senior Alea Leibner gets the jump on Mountain Views Nelly Ibarra, as Leibner heads the ball up field in last weeks 4-0 win over the Cougars.The seventh-ranked Rex Putnam Kingsmen were at the top of their game on Nov. 6, as they hammered 10th-ranked Mountain View 4-0 in a first-round game of the Class 5A high school girls soccer playoffs.

The lopsided win advanced the Kingsmen to the Class 5A quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

It was only the fifth time in 15 games this season that the Cougars had been shut out. The other shutouts were at the hands of top-ranked Summit (3-0 and 1-0), third-ranked Bend (2-0) and Class 6A South Medford (4-0).

“We were passing really well,” said Putnam senior co-captain Mariah Maier. “The whole team, everyone, was on top of it.”

Maier said that most of the game was played at Mountain View’s end of the field.

The Kingsmen went up 2-0 in the first half, with senior Fernanda Manzano scoring off a cross from Makenzie Maier, and Makenzie Maier scoring unassisted.

An own-goal near the midpoint of the second half put the game on ice, and Putnam goalie Bella Geist rounded out the scoring, putting the ball in the net on a penalty kick, after Makenzie Maier was taken down on a breakaway.

It was the third consecutive shutout and the seventh shutout of the season for Geist.

“She had a few routine saves,” Mariah Maier said. “She was never really challenged.”

The Kingsmen met their match on Saturday, dropping a 2-0 heartbreaker at second-ranked Sherwood.

It was the 10th shutout of the season for the defending state champion Bowmen (13-1-2), who had held 16 opponents to just 10 goals through play last weekend.

Even with the loss in the quarterfinals, it was a tremendous season for the Kingsmen. They ended up with an overall record of 9-4-2, their only losses to Class 6A Tigard (2-1), and Northwest Oregon Conference teams Parkrose (1-0), eighth-ranked Liberty (2-1) and Sherwood (5-1 and 2-0). Sherwood and Wilsonville played for the state title last fall, with the Bowmen winning 1-0 in overtime.

The Bowmen were to square off with sixth-ranked Willamette (13-3-0) in this Tuesday’s (Nov. 13) semifinals.

This year’s Kingsmen roster included eleven seniors — Shayla Laurendeau, Emily Wilson, Alea Leibner, Fernanda Manzano, Kaylee CdeBaca, Maddie Makinster, Brianna Barnes, Fatima Herrera-Zarate, Chelsea Steelman, Yecenia Arrezola and Mariah Maier.

Leibner (defense) and Makinster (midfield) were both first-team all-conference selections, along with Putnam junior Bella Geist (goalkeeper) and Putnam freshman Rachel Baker (defense).

Sophomore Madi Kading (defense) was named to the NWOC’s second all-star unit.

Two Putnam seniors merited honorable mention in the all-conference balloting: Laurendeau (defense) and Herrera-Zarate (forward).

Putnam guys bow

out at Hood River

by: JOHN DENNY - Putnam made another great run in Class 5A boys soccer this fall, successfully defending the Northwest Oregon Conference championship and advancing to the final 16 of the state playoffs. Vying for the standout team were: (front row, from left) Matt Baker, Luis Perez, Elliot Bixby, Tim Bibian, Jose Rivera, Greg Elkins and Carlos Perez; (second row) Ryan Moore, Sam Batz, Martin Schmidt, Dalan Brown, David Wood, Andrew Ciobanasiu and Jacob Wood; (third row) Oscar Gutierrez-Herrera, Matt Ciobanasiu, Kegan Makinster, Alexis Sanchez, Kiko Antonio, Jonathan Chaires and Jesse Martinez; (back) head coach Mitch Wing, coach Kevin Schwartz, coach Chial Alba and coach Kip McGill; and (not pictured) Dustin Lantz and Ian Kay.It was tough sledding for the Rex Putnam Kingsmen on Nov. 6, as they met one of the state’s top Class 5 boys soccer teams in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs and bowed out with a 6-1 loss to the fourth-ranked Hood River Eagles.

Hood River went on to drop Wilsonville 2-1 in last Saturday’s quarterfinals, advancing to a match-up with Woodburn in Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) semifinals.

Despite the loss at Hood River, it was a tremendous season for Putnam boys, who repeated as conference champions in the Northwest Oregon Conference, winning only the second league title in the history of boys soccer at Putnam.

Putnam, which was ranked 13th in the final OSAA power rankings, went 6-1 in conference play (10-6-0 overall) and advanced to the final 16 of the Class 5A state playoffs before losing to Hood River.

Conference coaches were so impressed with the Kingsmen that they honored no fewer than seven Putnam players in their conference all-star balloting.

Senior defender Matt Baker and senior forward Jose Rivera were named to the first team, along with Putnam junior midfielder Elliot Bixby.

Putnam senior defender Luis Perez and sophomore midfielder Oscar Gutierrez-Herrera were both second-team all-conference selections.

Senior midfielder Sam Batz and senior goalkeeper Ian Kay received honorable mention in the all-star balloting.



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