Sherwood battles hard, but ends up falling 1-0 to Glencoe

by: DAN BROOD - IN THE RAIN -- Sherwood sophomore Logan Jones (right) keeps the ball away from Glencoe's Jeremiah Burton during Tuesday's match at Hare Field. The Crimson Tide got a 1-0 victory. HILLSBORO — They’re not there yet.

But, the Bowmen say, they will get there.

And, they hope, they’ll get there at just the right time — when Northwest Oregon Conference play begins.

The young Sherwood High School boys soccer team, looking to establish its own identity, battled hard and created chances, but fell 1-0 to Glencoe in a rain-soaked non-league match played Tuesday at Hare Field.

“Our defense is battling and working hard. We just can’t seem to find a way to put the ball in the net,” Sherwood senior midfielder Alex Castaneda said after the match. “But we have a lot of potential. We’re trying to get ready for league. We think we can be one of the top teams in the league and go far in the playoffs.”

“At some point, we’re going to find our rhythm,” said Sherwood senior goalkeeper Brennan Giles, who made a number of spectacular saves in Tuesday’s contest. “Right now, we’re just working to find it. I have no doubt we’ll get there.”

Glencoe, from the Class 6A Pacific Conference, improved to 2-4 on the season with the victory. Sherwood moved to 0-4-1 with the setback.

“We’re a work in progress,” Sherwood coach Monty Hawkins said. “We’re looking to find our identity. On defense, we’ve been playing well. We’re just looking for a way to get our offense going.’

In Tuesday’s match, Glencoe took a 1-0 lead at the 11-minute mark when senior forward Ariel Cruz Ramirez scored on a corner kick by sophomore Javier Cazares.

The Bowmen tried to battle back the rest of the way.

Sherwood had a pair of shots on goal by senior Zephaniah Hollins and one by junior Ben Windheim in the final 15 minutes of the first half, but those attempts were saved by Glencoe goalkeeper Alex Estrada.

Meanwhile, Giles was doing his best to make sure the Crimson Tide didn’t score again. He made a sliding kick save of an open shot by Cruz Ramirez at the 27-minute mark of the match and did the same thing on a free-kick attempt by Cruz Ramirez, from 25 yards out, in the final minute of the first half.

“Brennan did a nice job in goal,” Hawkins DAN BROOD - SKY HIGH -- Sherwood junior Connor Carraher is way off the ground as he tries to get his head on the ball in Tuesday's match with Glencoe.

In the second half, Sherwood kept firing away at the Glencoe goal. Bowmen senior Hector Solis had a shot from 30 yards out on the right side of the field barely miss drifting inside the left post of the Crimson Tide goal at the 45-minute mark of the match. Four minutes later, Sherwood sophomore Bryan Cortez-Perez had a free-kick attempt from 35 yards away sail wide right of the goal.

Right after that, Estrada made a diving save on a spin-around shot by Bowmen senior Beau Curtiss.

In the meantime, Giles, and Sherwood sophomore defender Logan Jones were keeping Glencoe from adding to its lead.

Giles made two more spectacular saves in the second half, and Jones had a pair of running kick clears of Crimson Tide shots that looked to be on their way to finding the back of the net.

“I felt our defense was strong most of the second half,” Giles said. “We were working well together.”

Sherwood got shots at the Glencoe goal from Cortez-Perez, Castaneda, junior Ben Milligan and Castaneda, again, in the final 16 minutes of the match, but the Bowmen couldn’t get the equalizer, leaving Glencoe with the 1-0 victory.

“We’re playing hard, working together, getting to the ball and winning it in the air,” Castaneda said. “We just need to work on finishing.”

“I can’t fault the competitive spirit and the boys’ willingness to give it everything they have,” Hawkins said. “They’re working hard.”

“I think our team has huge potential,” Giles said. “We have to start playing like it’s our game to win, not our game to lose. I know we’ll get there.”

The Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they host Tigard in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School. Sherwood will open its Northwest Oregon Conference schedule next Thursday when it hosts at Rex Putnam at 7 p.m.

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