The La Salle Falcons last week kept their Tri-Valley Conference boys soccer title hopes alive, defeating the North Marion Huskies for the second time this season, in a 1-0 nailbiter.
The win put the Falcons at 4-1-1 in the TVC (6-3-1 overall), just back of the league-leading Madras White Buffaloes (4-0-2, 6-1-2 overall).
They are a tough and talented team, La Salle assistant coach Derek Ray said of the Huskies. It was a back-and-forth game, with both teams creating chances.
James Huggins and Tanner Latham teamed up to score the games only goal on a corner kick with 16 minutes remaining.
Ray described the goal: James hit a hard cross from the right corner. Tanner elevated over everyone.... and headed the ball downward hard. The ball took a big bounce into the back of the net past their keeper and a player on the post.
Ray said that both teams had some quality chances that they were unable to finish.
Dylan Tran was in-goal for La Salle, earning his fifth complete-game shutout of the 2013 season, with four saves.
It doesnt get any easier, Ray said. Every game in the Tri-Valley Conference is a tough one, and we play Molalla on Tuesday (Oct. 15).... We hope that we can go there and get a win, even though we havent been able to do that in a few years, at Molalla.
Next Monday (Oct. 21), the Falcons play host to cross-town rival Gladstone; they host Madras on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Gladstones boys soccer team dropped a tough one last week, losing to Molalla, 1-0.
Molalla found the net on a long ball 14 minutes into the second half for the games lone goal.
Gladstone keeper Harrison Jerret made 11 saves.
The Gladiators had their chances. Hector Orozco had a one-on-one opportunity with Molallas goalie midway through the first half, but the goalie made a save; Brandon Beckwith had a breakaway with three minutes remaining, but put his shot wide.