The Pioneers top Clackamas for the first time in eight years

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon City senior defender Jalen Satter (5) tangles with Clackamas sophomore forward Diego Garcia (21) and Cavalier senior midfielder Kyle Jones during last weeks game in Oregon City. Besides being a disruptive force on defense, Satter scored the games only goal, heading in a corner kick.Last Thursday was an historic day for Oregon City High School’s boys soccer program.

The Pioneers on Thursday hosted Clackamas in a Three Rivers League game and defeated the Cavaliers 1-0.

It’s the first time an Oregon City varsity boys soccer team has beaten Clackamas since Oct. 25 of 2005, when Oregon City won 3-2 in a game played at Clackamas.

“It’s the first time in my seven years here we’ve beaten or tied them,” said Oregon City coach Myque Obiero. “We’re playing well. Except for the last 15 minutes [of the Clackamas game], when we let up a little, we played our game and possessed the ball....

“This puts us in good position in a very tough league. West Linn is the strongest opponent that we’ve seen, but I think we’ll be ready for them when we play them next week [an Oct. 3 game at West Linn].”

West Linn entered play this week with a 4-0-0 record in league. Lake Oswego was in second place in the TRL, at 2-1-1; Oregon City and Clackamas were tied for third, both at 2-2-0.

Teams were to conclude the first round of league play on Oct. 1, with Oregon City hosting Lake Oswego and Clackamas hosting West Linn.

Jalen Satter earned hero honors in last Thursday’s win. The senior center back headed in Andrew Curtis’ corner kick for the game’s only goal.

“He out-jumped everybody else and headed it in, near post,” said Obiero. “The goalie had no chance.... Jalen was my player of the game — by far. He was lights out. He was phenomenal. He was leading from the back, breaking up all of their plays and calming people down late in the game, when they had quite a few chances.”

Obiero had junior goalkeeper Pablo Armenta with three saves, while he had his team with six shots on-frame.

“Clackamas had quite a few chances towards the end, but most of them were wide of the posts,” Obiero said.

It didn’t show in the result, but Obiero said his Pioneers controlled most of the play in a 1-0 loss to Lakeridge on Sept. 24.

“We had most of the play, most of the chances,” he said. “I think it was our best game this year, by far. We played lights out. Their goalie [Trevor Wilson] was the difference in the game. He made some incredible saves. He is without a doubt the best keeper in the league.”

Lakeridge put the ball in the net in the 55th minute for the game’s only goal. It was the fourth shutout of the season for Wilson.

Clackamas suffered another tough loss on Sept. 24, losing at Lake Oswego, 2-1. The Lakers scored the game-winner with just 40 seconds remaining.

“I gave this game away,” said Clackamas coach Anthony Trejo. “We took a very risky chance at the end of the game and it didn’t pay off for my boys.”

Clackamas’ lone goal was a “team” goal, scored by sophomore Joshua Ju. Ian Tarnovsky flicked a long throw-in from Justin Siddall. The ball bounced through the box to an open Ju, who headed it past the keeper.

Coach Trejo commended his players: “This was the best eighty minutes of soccer these boys have played all season. If we keep progressing like this, we will be scary to play in October and November....

“Our defensive back line — Sergey Garliovich, Alex Severson and James Watts — played a huge role in keeping Lake Oswego to very few chances on-goal. We gave them an easy one at the end — not moving numbers back to defend on a corner kick — and it cost us. But the boys played awesome!”

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