The Wolves get the game-winning goal with 2 seconds left

by: DAN BROOD - LOOSE BALL -- Tualatin junior Brock Hulse (right) and Tigard junior Kevin Gress race to a loose ball in last week's game.TIGARD — Thrills.


And a super-exciting finish.

It seems like you can count on all of that when the rival Tigard and Tualatin boys lacrosse teams get together.

Last year, the Timberwolves scored a 6-5 win over the Tigers, getting the game-winning goal with 1 minute and 6 seconds left to play in the contest held at Tualatin High School.

In this year’s rematch, the outcome left in doubt all the way down to the final second.

Tualatin, scoring two goals in the final 43 seconds of the game — getting the game-winner with just 0:02 showing on the scoreboard clock — got a nail-biting 5-4 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference opener played last Thursday at Tigard High School.

“This is huge,” said Tualatin junior Liam McBain, who scored the game-winning goal. “They’re our rivals.”

“It’s pretty big,” said Tualatin senior goalie Jacob Friedhoff, who made a key save for the Wolves with 22 seconds remaining to play. “We’ve never lost to Tigard since I’ve played here, and I didn’t want to tonight. This is pretty amazing. It’s a great feeling.”

With the loss, Tigard moved to 0-1 in conference play and to 5-8 on the season to that point.

Tualatin upped its season record to 5-7 at that point, and, more importantly to the Wolves, they got off to a 1-0 start to Pacific Conference play.

by: DAN BROOD - BATTLING -- Tigard sophomore Jacob Chesler (right) looks to get past Tualatin senior defender Tyler Gastiaburu during last week's game. The Wolves scored twice in the final minute to win 5-4. “That’s big for us,” McBain said. “We have some tough games ahead, but this is a good start for us.”

But it was the fired-up Tigard team that got off to a good start in last Thursday’s showdown.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead when junior Kyle Baldes scored on an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the contest.

Tigard quickly made it 2-0 when sophomore Matt Hockman had an unassisted goal of his own with 9:31 remaining in the first quarter.

But the Timberwolves fought back. Tualatin sophomore Danté Reid scored on a short-range shot after scooping up a loose ball in front of the goal to cut the Tiger lead to 2-1 with 4:11 left to play in the opening period.

Reid then scored again, this time off a pass from senior Sam Chamseddine, to tie the game at 2-2 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wolves had a chance to take their first lead of the game, but a hard shot by sophomore Jordan McGowan late in the period was saved by Tigard junior goalie Chance Callaway, keeping the teams tied at 2-2 at the end of the quarter.

Tigard seemed to turn up its intensity in the second quarter. The Tigers took a 3-2 lead with Hockman scored on a spinning shot from seven yards away off a pass from Baldes with 10:06 left in the period.

The Tigers then upped their lead to 4-2 when Baldes scored on a man-down bounce shot from 10 yards out with 1:04 remaining in the half.

Meanwhile, the Tigard defense, featuring freshmen Scott Ostrom, Jack Vanderbilt and Tyler Cancelosi, among others, limited Tualatin to just one shot on goal in the period, helping to preserve the Tigers’ two-goal halftime DAN BROOD - ON THE ATTACK -- Tualatin sophomore Hayden Hupfer (3) looks to move the ball ahead against Tigard.

Tualatin cut the margin to 4-3 when sophomore Hayden Hupfer scored on a low, hard shot from 10 yards away off a pass from Reid coming with 9:38 left in the third quarter.

That would be the only goal of the period, leaving Tigard with a one-goal lead going into the fourth quarter.

That’s when things really got intense.

The Tigers, with some long offensive possessions, controlled the ball — and the clock — for most of the final stanza.

The Wolves looked to have a chance to get an equalizer on an open, running shot by Chamseddine with 3:53 remaining, but Callaway came up with a key save.

But, with less than a minute to play, the Tualatin senior wouldn’t be denied. Sprinting in from the left side, Chamseddine scored on a running, jump shot from four yards away to tie the game at 4-4 with 43 seconds left to play.

Tigard tried to answer back, getting a low, hard shot on goal from junior Alex Compton coming with just 22 seconds remaining. But Friedhoff, getting down close to the turf, was able to make the save.

by: DAN BROOD - WE WIN -- Members of the Tualatin High School boys lacrosse team start celebrating following their last-second victory over Tigard.“I just saw it coming — it was tried and true,” Friedhoff said. “He looked right at me. I had to go down and get it.”

“He was huge,” McBain said of Friedhoff. “He played a great game.”

After Friedhoff’s game, it looked like the contest would likely be going to overtime, but Tualatin had different ideas.

McBain, after taking a pass from sophomore Mark Cepeda, scored on a sidearm shot from 15 yards away on the left side, giving Tualatin a 5-4 lead with just 2 seconds left to play.

“That was crazy,” McBain said. “I thought I had a shot and I just ripped it. I had no idea how much time was left. With 9 second left, I saw that Mark had the ball. I just tried to get a shot after that.”

Soon after, Tualatin was celebrating its thrilling, last-second victory.

“We just really wanted it,” McBain said.

“I was really happy — no overtime,” Friedhoff said. “It’s always a battle when we play Tigard.”

Reid led a balanced Tualatin scoring attack with two goals in the win. Baldes and Hockman had two goals apiece for Tigard.

On Monday, the Tigers bounced back to get a 16-3 win over Century in a game played at the Hillsboro Sports Fields. The Tigers also got a win on Tuesday, as they bested Newberg 14-4 in a game played at Tigard High School. The two victories give Tigard a conference record of 2-1 and an overall mark of 7-8.

On Saturday, Tualatin posted a 12-9 victory at Bend in a non-league game.

The Wolves also got a victory on Tuesday, as they won 14-3 at Forest Grove.

Junior Alexander Reid led Tualatin in that win with four goals.

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