NEWPORT — The end result was disappointing for the home side, but the Newport/Eddyville boys soccer team put forth its best effort of the season Tuesday, Oct. 5, in a 3-2 loss at the hands of second-ranked Philomath in a 4A-3 Oregon West Conference showdown at Morrow Field.
The undefeated Warriors (5-0-0 in league, 9-0-0 overall) entered riding high off a 1-0 road win at top-ranked Stayton, snapping the Eagles’ 20-match winning streak. It’s almost certain Philomath will be ranked first in 4A when the OSAA releases its boys soccer coaches polls early next week.
Philomath received a dogfight from a scrappy Cubs side, and the Warriors got all they could handle in keeping their record unblemished.
Junior forward Mateo Candanoza beat Newport/Eddyville keeper Alberto Rodriguez to get Philomath on the board with a goal in the sixth minute before the Cubs leveled the score on a Jonathan Mazo-Amezaga tally near the midpoint of the first half. The Warriors scored twice more before halftime, but failed to solve Rodriguez the rest of the way.
The Cubs pulled within one goal in the second half, but couldn’t manage an equalizer before the final whistle sounded.
Newport was slated to return to the pitch Thursday on the road at Stayton before it takes a 12-day break from competition. The Cubs close the season Oct. 28 in a rematch with Philomath at Crescent High School in Corvallis.
Philomath 3 0 — 3
NHS/E.C. 1 1 — 2
Amity/Western Christian girls 5, Taft 2
At Amity, though the Tigers dropped the 3A/2A/1A-SD 2 match Oct. 4 on the road, they did equal their scoring output from their previous matches.
Taft, which slipped to 0-6-1 in league and overall, found the back of the net just twice in its six matches prior to visiting Amity, but tallied in each half Monday afternoon. Scoring details were not available as of the News-Times sports’ deadline.
Taft was scheduled Thursday to host Salem Academy/Kennedy before traveling today (Friday) for a 2 p.m. league match at Gervais, which began the week 1-3-2 in league and overall.
Taft 1 1 — 2
Amity/W.C. 4 1 — 5
Philomath girls 3, Newport/Eddyville 0
At Philomath, the seventh-ranked Warriors scored all their goals Oct. 5 in the first half of their 4A-3 Oregon West Conference victory over Newport/Eddyville Charter.
The defeat dropped the Cubs to 2-4-0 in league matches, 4-4-0 overall, and snapped their two-match winning streak.
Newport/Eddyville was scheduled Thursday to host Stayton (2-3-1, 2-5-1) at Morrow Field before traveling to meet Woodburn on Tuesday, Oct. 12, for another 4A-3 Oregon West Conference match.
NHS/E.C. 0 0 — 0
Philomath 3 0 — 3
Delphian boys 3, Taft 1
At Delphian, the Dragons scored three unanswered goals Oct. 5 in snapping the Tigers’ four-match string without a loss in the 3A/2A/1A-SD 2 contest.
“We were able to grab the lead early and just lost focus after they got a goal right before the half,” Taft head coach Ryan Ulicni wrote in his media report. “We came back out strong with many opportunities and just couldn’t get the ball to the back of the net.”
Senior midfielder Sam Cortes gave the Tigers the lead early on, but that was all the scoring Taft managed. The teams played to a scoreless draw when they met in a non-league contest Sept. 22 in Lincoln City.
“Delphian never quit and earned themselves the lead, and we just didn’t seem to recover,” Ulicni wrote. “Solid defending kept us in the game when we just ran out of time. We’ll use this and be more ready for the next game.”
The Tigers were slated to return to action Thursday at home against Salem Academy/Kennedy.
Taft 1 0 — 1
Delphian 1 2 — 3