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Beavers score four times after halftime for a 4-0 victory

Playing a team from a power conference last Thursday, Glencoe’s boys soccer squad hung in there for a half.

The Crimson Tide held Beaverton — a state playoff qualifier the past two seasons — to a scoreless tie through 40 minutes. But high school games last 80 minutes, and the Beavers tallied three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half on their way to a 4-0 victory.

That loss, coupled with a 6-0 setback to Hillsboro on Tuesday, brought the Tide’s record to 0-4 in the young season.

“The first half we played pretty good,” assistant coach Jonathan Brubaker said. “(Beaverton) knocked the ball around really well. They’re a really good team, and we were expecting that. They play in the best conference in the state.”

The Beavers showed their class early in the second half, getting on the scoreboard in the 45th minute. Senior forward Ian Coleman received a ball in space on the right side of the field and took a couple of touches before firing a shot past Glencoe keeper Juan Villanueva, who had started the second half in place of starter Alex Estrada.

After that goal, Beaverton refused to back off of the accelerator, earning its second score just 20 seconds later when Able Guzman beat Villanueva near post on the left side of the field. The barrage continued two minutes later, when Nico Maier tucked a free kick inside the left post.

“The first five minutes of the second half, I really thought we came out and ... were dominating the game,” Brubaker said. “Then, just three goals in a row. It happens.”

It was an interesting turn of events, after Glencoe had struggled to overcome the Beavers’ possession in the first half but started the second much more strongly, testing Beavers keeper Dyllon Carlson early on a through ball and a shot by Efren Placito.

But Beaverton assumed control with those three goals, which brought Estrada, who had made several saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless, back onto the field.

“Today was a better day,” Estrada said, comparing it to his first game of the season, a 5-3 loss to Liberty on Sept. 5. “I felt much better about myself and much more positive with my team. “

Estrada did concede the contest’s final goal, but it came on a well-played sequence. Beaverton midfielder Marcus Dalton slipped a pass to a streaking Misael Ochoa, who finished inside the near post in the 69th minute.

Glencoe had its chances to score as well. Tide junior Jeremiah Burton tested Carlson on a couple of occasions, and about 10 minutes into the second half, Carlson’s contact with Oscar Lara in the penalty area drew protests from the Tide coaching staff on the no-call by the officials.

Despite the loss, Lara felt optimistic about his team’s prospects.

“I think it’s going to be actually pretty good for us,” he said. “These are really tough teams, and they’re getting us prepared for playoff games and all that stuff. I’m pretty sure by playoffs ... we’ll be ready.”

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