Members of the Newport/Eddyville Charter girls soccer team are all smiles after the Cubs scored a historic 2-1 victory on the road Oct. 30 at Ontario to earn the program’s first state tournament berth in its nine-year history. (Courtesy photo)

ONTARIO — The Newport/Eddyville Charter girls soccer team was forced to travel across the state and into another time zone last weekend to record possibly the biggest victory in the nine-season history of the program.

Freshman midfielder Sasha Moran scored her second goal in the waning minutes of regulation to lift the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over Ontario in a 4A play-in match, earning Newport/Eddyville its first ever berth in the 4A state tournament.

With the win, the Cubs’ path to future success got considerably more treacherous. Newport/Eddyville (7-8-0) was slated to travel to meet the top team in the state, Gladstone (13-1-0), at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a first-round 4A state tournament match.

Newport/Eddyville head coach Travis Leonard said he was hopeful his team would play to its capabilities on Tuesday at Gladstone.

“We have to go into the game with a belief that we can play 80 minutes of our best soccer and realize some of the potential that we possess but unfortunately do not 100 percent buy into,” Leonard wrote in an email to News-Times staff. “We have gained so much, and truly, have nothing to lose, so let’s go up there and see what happens. How awesome is that?”

After a scoreless first half at Ontario, the Tigers got on the board early in the second half, and Leonard decided to ramp up the pressure on the Ontario defense.

“We decided to bring defensive players up to the attack, and started to put pressure and maintain possession in the final third,” Leonard wrote.

The Cubs got the equalizer soon after forcing the action in the Tigers’ end, when Moran scored off feeds from fellow freshman Brisa Aguilar.

In the final two minutes of regulation, freshman Kianna Leonard fed Moran, who sprinted past the Ontario defense and beat the Tiger goalkeeper in a one-on-one opportunity for the match-winning tally.

Leonard, in his email, said he wished to thank to the Thompson and Mitchell families for making the 22-hour round trip last weekend to Ontario and back as comfortable as possible.

Read the Friday edition of the News-Times for complete coverage of the Cubs’ state tournament contests.

Oct. 30

NHS/EC  0   2  — 2

Ontario   0   1  — 1


Western Christian/Amity boys 3, Taft 1

At Salem, the Pioneers scored twice in the first half on Oct. 27 in a 3A playoff match and closed the Tigers’ season just short of the state tournament.

Details from the match were not provided to the media prior to the News-Times sports’ deadline.

“So unfortunately, we have ended the boys soccer season a bit earlier than we had hoped,” Taft head coach Ryan Ulicni wrote in a post to the Taft Tiger Boosters’ Facebook page. “But take nothing away from the incredible work, effort and growth these young men have shown over the past few months and over the years. They have given everything they had at every game.”

Taft closed the season 8-6-2.

Amity/Western Christian girls 3, Taft 1

At Amity, the Tigers saw their season end at 2-11-1 after they fell Oct. 27 in a league playoff match.

Details from the match were not provided.

Estacada boys 3, Newport/Eddyville 1

At Oregon City, the Cubs boys fell in the Oct. 29 play-in match that ended their season. Newport/Eddyville finished 5-8-2.

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