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BOYS SOCCER: Cleveland ties Grant 1-1 (10/1/2013)
October 3, 2013By Steve McCrea of Cleveland High School
Cleveland 1, Grant 1
Cleveland helped break in the new turf field at Grant on Tuesday afternoon, as the Warriors took on the 6A Grant Generals in their last preseason game.
Cleveland's defense continued to be strong, but the Warriors' offense struggled in the first half against a very tough Grant back four. Grant struck first in the 11th minute, as senior Matthew Jewel got a step down the right sideline. Jewel crossed it to senior Tucker Bufton, who took a point-blank shot that senior keeper Hubie Charman made an excellent quick hand save on, but Bufton corralled the rebound and put Grant in the lead 1-0.
Grant had another cross in the 18th minute that was shot wide right under intense defensive pressure, and Charman made an impressive leaping save on an outside shot in the 22nd minute. Cleveland did have a couple of good looks, including a sharp-angle shot over the bar by senior Kevin Elliott McCrea in the 27th minute, and a another shot over the bar by senior Daniel Merchant a couple of minutes later, but the teams went into halftime with the Warriors down a goal.
The second half continued to be a display of excellent defense, with the few good shots being stopped by strong goaltending at both ends. Senior Adrien Baures had the first good look of the half 14 minutes in, shooting from the left side of the box off a nice feed from junior Niko Kesckes, but Grant keeper Cameron Chinn made a good stop diving to his right. About 4 minutes later, Charman kept the Warriors in the game on a great diving save off a quick shot from the offensive left side that was headed for the far post.
With about 10 minutes on the clock, Cleveland coach Scott Killen decided to go with a three defender formation and put on an all-out offensive push to tie the game. The momentum definitely shifted toward the Warriors after this move. Baures got another left side shot in the 69th minute off a long header pass by senior defender Andrew Cheney, but Chinn was in good position to make the stop.
With 6:00 remaining, a signature long throw-in by senior Braxton Griffith led to a Cleveland left-side corner kick. Daniel Merchant sent a perfect ball curving outward just outside the 6-yard box. Chinn had no chance of a save, as Kevin Elliott McCrea headed it across the goal and just under the bar in the right corner to tie the game.
Cleveland continued to work for the win, managing a header shot wide by senior Charlie Clark in the 76th minute, and a shot wide off a Merchant free kick by Braxton Griffith with less than a minute on the clock.
Coach Killen is very pleased with the team's defensive play, but hints that he may take steps to enhance the Warrior attack in the next match. The Warriors are now 4-1-3 on the season and remain ranked #3 in division 5A, behind Wilsonville and Woodburn. Cleveland is in a strong position as they move into league play against Madison at Cleveland Field on Thursday at 7 PM.