Aberdeen’s early-season dominance continued on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over the Rochester Warriors in Rochester.
The Bobcats (5-0 overall, 3-0 2A Evergreen) overcame a wet, muddy surface and the Warriors’ defensive-minded game plan to get a goal in each half – both by junior forward Evan Cone – in the Cats’ fifth consecutive shutout to start the season.
The Warriors (0-5, 0-3) held all but two to three players back on defense in hopes of disrupting the Bobcats possession-based offense on the thin Rochester field, which is 15-yards more narrow than most playing surfaces.
Aberdeen got on the board when Cone scored off a corner kick from senior midfielder Edwin Quintana in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Cone scored off a long cross from senior defender Javier Garcia in the 53rd minute.
Aberdeen controlled the pitch throughout the contest, outshooting Rochester 15-1.
“On a tough field to play on, we controlled almost all of the possession and midfield play and created some great opportunities,” said Aberdeen head coach Larry Fleming, who commended the play of Gio Ambrogiani, Quintana and senior goal keeper Antonio Granados. “Our defense was solid once again and limited the opposition to very little action in the defensive third.”
Aberdeen’s junior varsity team won 8-0 on Wednesday.
Angel Mendez, Ruben Oropeza, Angel Corona, Camden Friberg, Luis Campos, Austin Gomez, Tyson Dunlap and Jazir Arenal each scored for the Bobcats.
Aberdeen 1 1 – 2
Rochester 0 0 – 0
First half – 1, Aberdeen, Cone, 33rd minute.
Second half – 2, Aberdeen, Cone (J. Garcia), 53rd minute.
Montesano 5, Hoquiam 0
It was the usual suspects plus-1 for the Montesano Bulldogs in a 5-0 victory over Hoquiam on Wednesday at the Sea Breeze Oval in Hoquiam.
Monte (4-1, 3-0 1A Evergreen) got two goals from standout midfielder Felix Romero, a goal from senior leader Mateo Sanchez and three assists from playmaker Jiovanny Torres in the victory.
But what Bulldogs head coach Fidel Sanchez said was most surprising was the play of freshman reserve Andy Melendez, who entered the game late in the second half and scored two quick goals for the 5-0 victory.
“That was the highlight of the night right there,” Coach Sanchez said of Melendez’s performance. “He was smiling so much, it was awesome.”
The Bulldogs handled the narrow surface at Sea Breeze for two goals to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Romero scored both goals, with Levi Clements and Torres assisting on goals in the 11th and 30th minutes, respectively.
Mateo Sanchez scored off a feed from Torres in the 61st minute followed by Melendez’s two goals, the first off a pass from Torres in the 75th minute followed by an unassisted goal in stoppage time.
“It was slow going at first. It was a narrow field, so we had to adjust to that quickly,” Coach Sanchez said. “Nonetheless, we were on the attack most of the night.”
Monte outshot Hoquiam 23-0, with 12 Bulldogs shots being on target.
“We started off decent, but we need to connect more passes with each other,” Hoquiam head coach John Johnson said. “Tough loss but we will look forward to prepare for Eatonville on Saturday.”
Hoquiam (1-2, 1-1) plays at Eatonville at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Monte will take on Tenino at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Montesano 2 3 – 5
Hoquiam 0 0 – 0
First half – 1, Montesano, Romero (Clements), 11th minute. 2, Montesano, Romero (Torres), 30th minute.
Second half – 3, Montesano, Sanchez (Torres), 61st minute. 4, Montesano, Melendez (Torres), 75. 5, Montesano, Melendez, 81st minute.
Elma 4, Tenino 0
Elma braved wet and windy conditions en route to a 4-0 league win over Tenino on Wednesday in Tenino.
Elma (3-2, 2-0 1A Evergreen) jumped on Tenino (1-1, 1-1) early with two quick goals by junior forward Cason Seaberg.
The reigning league MVP finished off a pass by sophomore midfielder Theo Flores to the front of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
On the ensuing kickoff, Elma won the ball back and sent it forward for an eventual Beavers goal kick. Seaberg intercepted the goal kick and ripped a laser from 35-yards to the left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 17th minute.
Seaberg then scored on a feed from junior midfielder Hank Doelman, sending a long 30-yard shot that dipped just in front of the Beavers goal keeper and skipped into the net in the 28th minute.
Elma put the icing on the cake when Seaberg laid an angled pass toward a hard-charging Flores, who knocked it in for a 4-0 lead in the 54th minute.
“Both (Flores and Seaberg) played very well up front and did some nice things for us,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We’re pleased with the outcome. We’re pleased with the way they played. Everyone is getting better. … We’d like to see us be just a little bit more clinical in front of the goal. … Just a little bit better decision-making, which isn’t quite on point yet. But it’s early in the season and gives you stuff to work on.”
Elma plays Ilwaco at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Elma 3 1 – 4
Tenino 0 0 – 0
First half – 1, Elma, Seaberg (Flores), 16th minute. 2, Elma, Seaberg, 17th minute. 3, Elma, Seaberg (Doelman), 28th minute.
Second half – 4, Elma, Flores (Seaberg), 54th minute.
Raymond-South Bend 5, Ilwaco 2