The La Salle Falcons last week kept their Tri-Valley Conference boys soccer title hopes alive, defeating the North Marion Huskies for the second time this season, in a 1-0 nailbiter.

The win put the Falcons at 4-1-1 in the TVC (6-3-1 overall), just back of the league-leading Madras White Buffaloes (4-0-2, 6-1-2 overall).

“They are a tough and talented team,” La Salle assistant coach Derek Ray said of the Huskies. “It was a back-and-forth game, with both teams creating chances.”

James Huggins and Tanner Latham teamed up to score the game’s only goal on a corner kick with 16 minutes remaining.

Ray described the goal: “James hit a hard cross from the right corner. Tanner elevated over everyone.... and headed the ball downward hard. The ball took a big bounce into the back of the net — past their keeper and a player on the post.”

Ray said that both teams had some “quality chances” that they were unable to finish.

Dylan Tran was in-goal for La Salle, earning his fifth complete-game shutout of the 2013 season, with four saves.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Ray said. “Every game in the Tri-Valley Conference is a tough one, and we play Molalla on Tuesday (Oct. 15).... We hope that we can go there and get a win, even though we haven’t been able to do that in a few years, at Molalla.”

Next Monday (Oct. 21), the Falcons play host to cross-town rival Gladstone; they host Madras on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Gladstone’s boys soccer team dropped a tough one last week, losing to Molalla, 1-0.

Molalla found the net on a long ball 14 minutes into the second half for the game’s lone goal.

Gladstone keeper Harrison Jerret made 11 saves.

The Gladiators had their chances. Hector Orozco had a one-on-one opportunity with Molalla’s goalie midway through the first half, but the goalie made a save; Brandon Beckwith had a breakaway with three minutes remaining, but put his shot wide.

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