Tigard boys rally to tip defending champ
TIGARD — The Tigard High School boys soccer team bounced back from a loss at Newberg in a very big way.
The Tigers, after suffering a 2-0 setback at Newberg last Thursday, rallied to get a 5-4 win over defending Class 6A state champion Lakeridge in a Three Rivers League match played Tuesday at Tigard High School.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-1-1 in TRL play (5-2-3 overall), putting them in a tie with Lake Oswego for second place in the league standings. Lakeridge moved to 1-1-2 in league play and to 5-3-3 on the season with the setback.
Tigard, in Tuesday's match, got a goal from senior Miguel Vergara to tie the Pacers at 1-1 with 27 minutes and 6 seconds left to play in the first half. Another Vergara goal tied the match again, at 2-2, with 23:30 remaining in the half.
Lakeridge responded with a pair of goals, giving the visitors a 4-2 lead early in the second half.
Vergara got his team back within 4-3 with 24:22 left on the clock when he sent a free kick into the Lakeridge penalty box and senior Cesar Ochoa-Navarro headed it home from point-blank range on the right side.
Then, just 2:50 later, Tigard got even at 4-4 when Vergara took the ball up the middle of the field, passed to sophomore Trevor Smith in the left side of the Pacers' penalty box and Smith sent it around two Lakeridge defenders to junior Aaron Padarath for the score past keeper Jayden Bonwell at the right post.
The Tigers then got the game-winner with 16:29 left on the clock when Vergara's long free kick from the right side slipped past two Lakeridge defenders to Padarath who scored at the right post for the final 5-4 margin.
Tigard held off the Pacers the rest of the way to get the victory.
The Tigers will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face rival Tualatin in a match starting at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School. On Tuesday, the Tigers will play at Canby at 7 p.m.
Tualatin, on Tuesday, scored a 3-1 win at West Linn. The Timberwolves improved to 1-2-1 in TRL matches (5-4-1 overall) with the victory, putting them in sixth place in the league standings.
Following tonight's home match with Tigard, the Wolves will play at 2 p.m. non-league match at The Dalles on Saturday, and then play at Lake Oswego Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Sherwood, on Tuesday, was tipped 2-1 by Lake Oswego in a match played at Sherwood High School.
With the loss, the Bowmen moved to 1-1-2 in TRL play (4-4-3 overall), putting them in fifth place in the league standings.
Sherwood will host Newberg Friday at 4 p.m., and then travel to West Linn on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. match.