Forest Grove's season ends with state playoff loss to Scots
Viks fall to No. 7-ranked David Douglas in opening round of boys soccer playoffs
PORTLAND Looks like the Forest Grove boys soccer team needs a bit of a refill on its playoff magic.
Each of the last two seasons, the Vikings scored a first-round victory in the Class 6A state playoffs, including last years upset of No. 8 Lake Oswego. But facing a sizable and skilled David Douglas squad on the road on Saturday, Forest Grove found that it couldnt pull off three in a row, falling 4-0 to the Scots.
David Douglas got two goals from Kingsley Armah, including the game-winner in the fifth minute, to end the Vikings season at 8-7-1. The No. 7-ranked Scots (13-2), who finished second in the Mt. Hood Conference, are scheduled to play No. 10 McMinnville in the second round today.
I think overall it was a good season, Forest Grove coach Angelo Simonetti said after the game. Im really proud and really pleased with what happened this year.
The result was much the same as when the two teams met back on Sept. 16, when the Scots won 3-0 in Forest Grove. So there were not a ton of secrets between the two teams heading into Saturdays playoff matchup.
Simonetti tried to deal with that by changing up his formation, opting for a 3-5-2, and also starting backup keeper Natan Lizier-Zmudzinski who is taller than regulars Ricky Torres and Christian Calzada to better deal with balls in the air.
Lizier-Zmudzinski did well to squelch several dangerous David Douglas attacks, including when he ran out to corral the ball on an Armah breakaway and when he made a kick save on a Christian Navarro shot.
That second opportunity resulted in a corner kick in the 21st minute, which David Douglas played across the goal. Edgar Resendiz then crossed the ball to the far post, where Hernan Hermosillo headed it in off the right post for a 2-0 lead.
Carlos Bravo added the Scots third goal about 15 minutes later off of a long, low free kick. Lizier-Zmudzinski looked like he was in position to make the save, but the ball bounced off his side and into the net.
The Vikings were not without opportunities, however. They got two of their best looks at goal in the first half. With the score 1-0, David Torres sent in a cross from the left end line. Scots goalkeeper Raul Meraz got a piece of it, but the ball deflected to Garrett Johnson, who blasted his shot high of the net.
Forest Grove did score on its second prime chance, but the goal was negated by an offside call. Daniel Tapia made a beautiful run onto a through ball late in the half and finished over Meraz. But the center referee ruled Tapia offside, keeping the Vikings off the board.
We tried, but obviously it didnt happen for us, captain Bryan Martinez said. Its sad, but weve got to keep our heads up.
In the second half, Forest Grove tested Meraz a couple of times but came up empty, and Armah finished off his brace in the 76th minute, putting in a rebound past Calzada after an Abdi Mohamed shot.
After the game, the Vikings and Simonetti came to the sideline near the main grandstand to acknowledge their fans.
Without family, we are nothing, Simonetti said. I love to be part of Forest Grove because these kids have awesome families. They are always behind us.
The loss concluded the high school careers of Martinez, Calzada, Johnson, Ricky Torres, David Torres, Zachary Nelson, Cristian Romero, Giovanny Trujeque-Lozano and Jacob Olson.
But 13 players on the playoff roster are eligible to return next season, many of them youngsters who already have considerable varsity experience.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT