PIL SPORTS - Winter
CLUB SPORTS - Winter
PIL SPORTS - Spring
CLUB SPORTS - Spring
PIL SPORTS - Fall
BOYS SOCCER: Cleveland and Forest Grove fight to 1-1 tie (9/20/2013)
September 29, 2013By Steve McCrea of Cleveland High School
The Cleveland Warriors traveled to Forest Grove Friday night to take on the 6A Forest Grove Vikings.
In a game where defense dominated, good scoring chances were hard to come by. The Warriors almost struck first in the 9th minute, when a free kick from senior Daniel Merchant was corralled by Flores at the top of the box, but his shot went wide of the right post. The next 15 minutes were played mostly at midfield, with neither team giving up any scoring opportunities.
At the 25:00 mark, Braxton Griffith headed another Merchant feed across the goal and forced a good stop by Viking keeper, Christian Calzada. Four minutes later, a Forest Grove throw in led to a bouncing ball on the left side that midfielder Pedro Rodriguez headed home for the Vikings' only goal. Forest Grove had another chance in the 34th minute, when junior Garret Johnson got the ball to junior Christian Romero outside the top of the box, but senior keeper Hubie Charman was in perfect position to make the stop.
The second half started out again with few chances on either side, despite a lot of midfield battles for the ball. Things began to get rough as the game progressed, and a number of fouls were called on either side. With 15 minutes remaining, senior Charlie Clark was shown his second yellow card of the evening, and the Warriors had to play a man down the rest of the match.
Two minutes later, Forest Grove got off a good shot from a corner kick, but after this point, the shorthanded Warriors seemed to take over the game. Playing with three defenders, Cleveland sent more players on the attack and repeatedly fought for and won balls in their offensive zone. This led to a drop to sophomore defender Janik Karoly with 9:00 left on the clock. Karoly sent a long ball to the left side, which was corralled by Flores and fired by Calzada to tie the game 1-1.
Not content to settle for the tie, the Warriors continued the attack, resuilting in a good look by Merchant in the 74th minute that sped to the right of the goal. The Vikings looked off balance, but did manage a good chance with a minute on the clock. Freshman midfielder Brandon Olvera knocked the ball past a charging Charman at the top of the box, and corralled the rolling ball near the goal line, but it crossed the goal line before he could pull it back into the field and shoot at the open goal.
While a tie may not have been all coach Scott Killen wanted, the team has to have gained some confidence to come from a goal down to tie when playing a man short.
The Warriors will take their 4-0-1 record south to Corvallis on Tuesday at 4:30.