Tualatin boys beat Grizzlies to move into a tie for first

It was a big week for the area high school soccer teams, as each of the local squads picked up key wins in recent contests.

The Tualatin High School boys soccer team may have had the biggest win of them all, as the Timberwolves scored a 1-0 win over McMinnville in a Pacific Conference match played Oct. 17 at Tualatin High School.

Tualatin junior forward Luis Martinez provided the game-winning tally with a second-half goal.

With the victory, Tualatin improved to 4-1 in league play at that point, putting the Wolves in a tie with McMinnville for first place in the Pacific Conference standings.

The Wolves followed that up with a 4-0 road win over Century on Tuesday to move to 5-1 in league play. Tualatin can clinch at least a share of the Pacific Conference championship today (Thursday) when it finishes its regular-season schedule with a 4 p.m. match against Glencoe at Hare Field.

The Tigard boys soccer team moved a step closer to earning one of the Pacific Conference’s four automatic Class 6A state playoff bids by scoring a 3-0 win at Newberg on Tuesday.

With the victory, Tigard improved to 2-2-2 in league play and jumped past Newberg into fourth place in the league standings. Tigard needs either a win or a tie against Forest Grove today, in a 7 p.m. match at Tigard, or a Newberg tie or loss against Hillsboro today to earn a state playoff berth.

The Sherwood boys improved to 3-2 in Northwest Oregon Conference play with a 4-2 home win over Liberty.

Junior Alex Castaneda scored a pair of second-half goals and senior Nathan Anderson added another goal after the break as the Bowmen broke a 1-1 halftime tie to get the victory.

Sherwood will play at St. Helens tonight at 7 p.m. and then finish its regular-season slate with a home match against Sandy on Tuesday.

In girls play, Tigard and Tualatin both posted wins on Tuesday to remain tied for first place in the Pacific Conference standings.

Tigard scored a 4-1 home win over Newberg and the Timberwolves bested Century 6-0 in a match played at Tualatin High School. Tigard and Tualatin are both now 5-0-1 in league play.

Tonight, Tualatin will host Glencoe at 7 p.m. at Tigard plays at Forest Grove at 7 p.m. in regular-season finales.

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