Montesano remained the top dog in the 1A Evergreen League with a 5-0 victory over upstart Raymond-South Bend on Wednesday in Montesano.
The Bulldogs (6-1 overall, 5-0 1A Evergreen) got two goals within a three-minute span in the first half. Montesano’s Spencer Lovell scored in the 24th minute followed by a goal from Mateo Sanchez in the 27th minute for a 2-0 lead at halftime.
After the break, Monte continued to pressure the Ravens defense throughout the second half.
Cristofer Tobar scored on a free kick from just outside the box to give Monte a 3-0 lead in the 43rd minute.
Lovell followed with his second goal of the game in the 60th minute for a 4-0 lead and the Bulldogs completed the 5-0 shutout when Andy Melendez scored on a cross from Felix Romero in the 76th minute.
Monte had 15 shots in the game, seven of which were on-goal.
Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said his team did well to not overlook an improved Raymond-South Bend squad.
“One game at a time. … It does not matter who it is, we have to play our game,” he said. “We focus on what we have to do and that has been successful for us so far. We just prepare in practice and we do our thing and do it well. Our boys buy in and we go from there.”
“We knew Montesano was probably going to be our toughest game this season. We’ve been watching them all year and seeing that they are at the top of the league,” Raymond-South Bend head coach Tayler Deatherage said. “We used this to gauge where we are going to be at. … We’ve got a lot to work on. We still have a really young team so we’ve got time to improve.”
Coach Sanchez said that scoring five goals and recording the fourth shutout in five league games is a good recipe for success.
“That’s a commanding win and we’ve been doing that to pretty much everyone in the league,” he said. “The boys are doing what they are supposed to do. They are putting the ball in the net and the defense is staying solid. … They’re really locked in right now.”
Raymond-South Bend 0 0 – 0
Montesano 2 3 – 5
First half – 1, Montesano, Lovell, 24th minute. 2, Montesano, Sanchez, 27th minute.
Second half – 3, Montesano, Tobar, 43rd minute. 4, Montesano, Lovell, 60th minute. 5, Montesano, Melendez (Romero), 76th minute.
Hoquiam 7, Ilwaco 1
Hoquiam freshman forward Brannon Gonzales scored five goals to lead Hoquiam to a 7-1 win over Ilwaco on Wednesday in Hoquiam.
Gonzales scored four goals in the first half – including three in the first 10 minutes – as the Grizzlies (3-3, 2-2 1A Evergreen) jumped out to a quick, comfortable lead.
Santiago Martinez Ortiz, Rene Garcia and Jose Fabian assisted on three of Gonzales’ four first-half goals.
Leading 4-1 after halftime, Gonzales scored his fifth goal after intercepting a goal kick in the 47th minute.
Hoquiam’s Christian Sanchez scored off a Gonzales assists in the 66th minute.
Mason Kelly got Hoquiam’s seventh goal off Martinez Ortiz’s second assist of the game in the 78th minute.
“Ilwaco played hard tonight, we went out and got a few quick goals and I think our guys got a little too comfortable as Ilwaco was able to get in a goal in the first half,” Hoquiam head coach John Johnson said.
Ilwaco 1 0 – 1
Hoquiam 4 3 – 7
Elma 2, Forks 1
Elma kept pace for a top spot in the 1A Evergreen League with a 2-1 victory over Forks on Wednesday in Forks.
Elma (5-3, 4-1 1A Evergreen) trailed early after Forks (1-6, 0-4) scored on a long ball that bounced over Elma keeper Andy Salvatierra and into the net in the first 20 minutes of the match.
The Eagles responded when Cason Seaberg took a pass from Jose Perez and followed his own rebound to tie the game at 1-all just before halftime.
Elma got the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute when Seaberg took a feed from Perez, slid past two defenders and cut by another to score from seven-yards out.
“It’s always tough coming up here,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said, adding he’d like to see his team do a better job of finishing the some of the multiple scoring opportunities it had in the game. “Not totally pleased with the chances we were creating, but in the long run you always got to remember how new this team is. They are really young in varsity experience. … We’re still kind of trying to find our way toward exactly what we are. But we are moving in the right direction.”
Elma 1 1 – 2
Forks 1 0 – 1