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BOYS SOCCER: Cleveland and Century play to a scoreless tie (9/26/13)
September 29, 2013By Steve McCrea of Cleveland High School
Cleveland 0, Century 0
The 6A Century Jaguars traveled to Cleveland Stadium to take on the Warriors on Thursday night. Century came into the game 4-1, allowing only 5 goals all season, and Cleveland had allowed only 6, so it promised to be a defensive battle, and that promise was fulfilled.
Most of the first half was played at midfield, with few chances for either team. While the halftime shots were 11-10 Cleveland, most came from far outside and were easy to handle. The first real chance came for Century 13 minutes in from senior Gilberto Aneola Lopez, but senior keeper Hubie Charman was in great shape to handle the shot. In the 18th minute, senior Daniel Merchant got a pass off to senior Francesco Verna-Ketel inside the box. Verna-Ketel hit a hard shot, but Century keeper, senior Quinn Marshall, was right in position to make the save. The best scoring chance of the half came 23 minutes in, when junior Obar Alcazar Poluos got inside the Warrior defense and forced a tough save by Charman. But the remaining 17 minutes to halftime were uneventful.
The second half started out with more offense, with Century attacking the left side in the first minute, but the Warriors defense didn’t allow a shot. Cleveland also had two low crosses early, but could not get shots off.
In the 47th minute, senior Adrien Baures got a good shot off from the left side that forced a diving save by Century’s Marshall. Charman also made a good save, coming off the line to snag a good free kick into the box with 58 minutes in. Two minutes later, Century’s Poluos made a good move in the box to get off a close-in shot from the left side, but Charman easily handled the attempt. And in the 62nd minute, Charman had to be quick to catch a deflection off a long free kick to keep the Jaguars off the board.
With about 15 minutes remaining, the Warriors offense started to show some dominance. A Merchant corner kick with 12 minutes left found senior Charlie Clark on the far side, who put a header on goal. A cross from the right side by senior Braxton Griffith nearly found senior Kevin Elliott McCrea to the left of the post, but Marshall was able to snag the ball in time. Two minutes later, a pass from Elliott McCrea sent Baures in on the left for a hard shot that challenged Marshall. And with 6 minutes left, Elliott McCrea ripped another hard shot from just outside the box, but Marshall was again up to the task. Freshman Erik Guzman managed one more outside shot for Century, but it flew wide of the right post, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie. This is the Warrior's second shutout of the season, and they have the second least goals allowed (6) in division 5A for the year.
With this result, Cleveland moves up to #3 in the OSAA power rankings, behind Woodburn and Wilsonville. They meet with cross-town rivals, the Grant Generals, next Tuesday at 4:15 on Grant’s new field. Grant is ranked #7 in the 6A, having won three of their last four games. It should be a match worth watching.