The Bowmen, in their final tune-up, beat Franklin 4-0

by: DAN BROOD - IN THE AIR -- Sherwood junior Hunter Pfefferkorn is in the air after hitting a header in Monday's match. The Bowmen beat Franklin 4-0.SHERWOOD — With Northwest Oregon Conference play just about ready to start, the Sherwood High School boys soccer team was looking to do some fine-tuning as it prepped for league action.

Well, if Monday’s match is any indication, Sherwood looks to be more than ready for its NWOC opponents.

The Bowmen, in their final contest before starting league play, rolled to an impressive 4-0 win over Franklin in a non-league match played at Sherwood High School.

“We needed this win going into league,” said Sherwood senior forward Nathan Anderson, who had a goal and a pair of assists in Monday’s match. “This will give us a boost going into league. We got the pieces together today against a good team.”

“We want to win league,” Bowmen senior defender Zach Milligan said. “We used a new line-up today, and that really helped.”

Franklin, from the Portland Interscholastic League, moved to 4-2 on the season with the setback. Sherwood upped its season record to 2-3-2 with the DAN BROOD - LAUNCHING IT -- Sherwood sophomore Connor Carraher heads the ball up high during the match with Franklin.

“This was our final tune-up before league, and the guys responded well,” Sherwood coach Monty Hawkins said. “This has been a lengthy preseason, and we’ve tried out different combinations. We settled on this formation, and it worked well.”

Bowmen senior goalie Parker Ward actually had the first shot on goal in Monday’s contest, as his free-kick attempt from 45 yards out was tipped over the crossbar by Franklin junior keeper Quinn Nottage with 33 minutes and 27 seconds left in the first half.

Sherwood senior midfielder Morgan Masley and Anderson each had strong shots on goal in the next 11 minutes, but Nottage dove to block both of those shots.

But the Bowmen wouldn’t be denied much longer.

With 17:07 left in the opening half, Sherwood junior Zephaniah Hollis, after taking a pass from Anderson, drilled an open shot from 16 yards away into the right side of the Quaker goal to give the Bowmen a 1-0 lead.

Sherwood upped the margin to 2-0 with 2:30 left in the half as sophomore Connor Carraher scored on a wide-open, point-blank range shot after a high kick by Anderson deflected off Nottage’s hands and went right to Carraher, who was cutting to the goal.

The Bowmen added two more goals in the second half.

With 27:08 left in the match, Sherwood junior Hunter Prefferkorn hit a high kick to the middle of the field, in front of the Franklin goal.

The ball bounced up high, and Anderson went up high over Nottage to head the ball into the net, upping the lead to 3-0.

“It was a good cross,” Anderson said. “I just found it and put it in.”

Sherwood capped off the scoring when senior Chris Roth scored from eight yards out off an assist from junior Beau Curtiss with 3:09 left in the match, making the final score 4-0.

“This was a good way to get ready to jump into league,” Hawkins said. “We have a group of seniors who really wanted to get ready for league.”

In the win over Franklin, Sherwood had 10 shots on goal. The Bowmen defense, including senior Charlie Paul, Milligan, Pfefferkorn and Roth, among others, limited the Quakers to just two shots on goal, with Ward and senior keeper Brogan Kearlsey each having an impressive save on the Franklin shots.

“Our new defense worked really well,” Milligan said. “We’ve been working hard on it for a week.”

“We’ve got really good leadership in back,” Anderson added.

Sherwood will open its Northwest Oregon Conference schedule today (Thursday) when it plays at Rex Putnam in a match starting a 7:30 p.m.

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