Watchmen climb to third in Casco League with two wins
High school sports round-up C.S. Lewis Academy closes with wins over Columbia Christian and Southwest Christian
When C.S. Lewis Academy fell 2-1 at City Christian in its third game of the season the Watchmen soccer team hadnt quite found their rhythm under first-year head coach Mike Reimer.
But by beating league cellar dwellers Columbia County Christian and Southwest Christian to finish the season, the CSLA has given itself another shot at the Lions and possibly a league title.
Thats because the six points the Watchmen earned pushed them into a tie for third-place with Horizon Christian. By virtue of its 1-0 win over the Hawks, C.S. Lewis earned the No. 3 seed in Special District 5s four-team playoff and will face No. 2 City Christian Oct. 28.
I think we fit there, our talent level fits there, Reimer said of the playoff in the league comprised entirely of 1A schools. Weve had little struggles here and there along the way and so many finishing opportunities in different games that we didnt put away. But were getting better and tightening up on defense a bit. And were playing different than when we played those top teams early on.
The defense has been an important part of the teams steady improvement, as the Watchmen have recorded six consecutive shutouts, compiling a 5-0-1 record, to close the season.
We had a little lighter schedule later than early on, but my two center backs are just reading the game better, winning balls better and just playing smarter, Reimer said. And weve got our outside backs tied tight to them, so my back four is playing fairly well.
The teams offensive prowess was on full display in a 7-0 win over Columbia County Christian Oct. 17. Katelyn Reimer notched two goals in the win, while Matt Warren, Ryan Brooks and Cole Evans all scored for the first time this year.
Isaak Swan opened the scoring in that win and the 4-0 victory over Southwest Christian on Monday, but it was the first of Seth Bairds two goals, a leaping header, that provided the insurance goal that allowed the Watchmen to settle into the game.
He just came out of nowhere, Reimer said. Seths that way. Every once and a while he just does something that amazes you.
Reimer said the key to beating City Christian will be finishing scoring chances and containing senior forward Bui Bao, who scored both goals in the first meeting.
Nike Tournament of Champions St. Paul made its annual trek to Arizona to test itself against bigger schools, but was unable to come away with a victory, falling to Veritas Prep (Arizona) 25-15, 25-16, Valor (Colorado), 25-17, 25-13, and Deer Valley (Ariziona) 25-16, 25-16 in bracket play. The Bucks will play in the district championship at 5 p.m. Saturday at C.S. Lewis Academy.
C.S. Lewis Academy 3, Country Christian 2 In the first of two consecutive meetings with the Cougars, Mikaela Raudsepp powered the Watchmen to a 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10 victory with 30 kills and three blocks Oct. 15. Halah Grobey handed out 29 assists in the win
Country Christian 3, C.S. Lewis Academy 0 The Cougars won 25-16, 28-26, 25-14 Oct. 17 to even the season series. Raudsepp racked up 23 kills in the match. The Watchmen will face Veritas at 11 a.m. Saturday in a district quarterfinal at the CSLA gym.
Veritas 3, Willamette Valley Christian 0 The Vanguard prevailed 25-17, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19 Oct. 17. Brianna Stoppa slammed eight kills and Natalie Anderson added six to go along with her 19 assists and eight digs.
Veritas 3, Falls City 1 Tess Johnson uncorked 14 kills as the Vanguard swept to a 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 victory. Stoppa added nine kills and four aces, with Anderson accounting for 22 assists and six aces.
St. Paul 70, Jewell 18 The Bucks scored 54 points in the first half en route to the teams largest output of the season. Tyler Smith carried the ball 12 times for 236 yards and four scores. On the defensive side of the ball, Keenan Phillips led St. Paul with 13 tackles, while Mario Dela Rosa added eight. The victory gives the Buckaroos (4-4, 2-0 Special District 1) the inside track toward one of the conferences two playoff berths with two games remaining in the season. No. 8 St. Paul plays its final two games of the regular season at home, hosting Falls City this Friday before wrapping up the season against Perrydale.
Forest Grove 1, Newberg 0 The Tigers (6-3-2 overall, 2-2-1 Pacific Conference) allowed a cheap goal just before halftime to fall into a tie with Hillsboro for fifth place. Newberg came out in an aggressive 4-3-3 formation in the second half, but did not finish its chances.
Newberg 2, Forest Grove 1 The Tigers moved into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Conference thanks to a pair of goals from Megan Myers. The Vikings scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to spoil the shutout. Newberg (7-3-1, 4-1) put 15 shots on goal to just four for Forest Grove.