Montesano took a big step toward securing a 1A Evergreen League title with a 2-1 win over defending league champion Elma on Friday at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Monte (7-1 overall, 6-0 1A Evergreen League) got off to a great start when senior midfielder Mateo Sanchez scored just four minutes into the match.
Shortly thereafter, the game became a back-and-forth affair until approximately halfway through the first half, when the Eagles began to assert their will, pinning Monte into it’s own half of the pitch.
Elma (5-4, 4-2) tied the game when junior midfielder Cason Seaberg penetrated deep down the wing and sent a cross through to sophomore midfielder Theo Flores, who slid a one-timer into the net in the 22nd minute.
“We go up 1-0 right away and as a coach I’m thinking, ‘OK, we’re going to get gelling and we’ve been scoring a lot of goals on a lot of teams,’” Montesano head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “We let them off the hook and they tied it up. Those things I don’t understand as a coach. How can you let up against a team like Elma? You have to keep the gas pedal going and that’s where I felt we did not meet our objective.”
The game would remain tied until eight minutes into the second half, when Monte freshman midfielder Cristofer Tobar sent a through pass to sophomore forward Felix Romero on a counter-attack. Romero streamed down the left hash and flicked a shot into the net for a 2-1 lead.
With the two teams playing in the middle two-thirds of the field for much of the second half, Elma’s best chance at an equalizer came with just over 12 minutes left in the game on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box, but the attempt sailed just high over the crossbar.
The win was key for Montesano as it gives the Bulldogs a two-game lead over Elma for the top spot in the 1A Evergreen League halfway through the league schedule.
The victory also represents Montesano’s first victory over Elma since a 1-0 win back on March 25, 2019 and is just the Bulldogs’ second victory over the Eagles in their past 10 meetings.
While the victory over a key league foe was an important one for Montesano, Coach Sanchez said his team needs to play better if it is to achieve its future goals.
“We’re still developing our program here and we are nowhere near where we want to be. Today was a good example of that,” he said. “We didn’t play well. Yeah it was a good win against a good team, but when I look at our performance, there were parts of the game we have to get better at. … My analysis is it’s not good enough. But if we can beat a team like Elma while playing bad, it’s still a good night. We got to get better.”
“It was our most competitive game we’ve played this season, which is good to see,”Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “The guys played tough and did some things we haven’t been doing as well as we should have, so I was pleased with that aspect of (the game). Unfortunately, we’ve given up a couple of goals like that second one and it’s definitely something we are going to have to spend some time on and clean up a little bit.”
Elma 1 0 – 1
Montesano 1 1 – 2
First half – 1, Montesano, Sanchez, 4th minute. 2, Elma, Flores (Seaberg), 22nd minute.
Second half – 3, Montesano, Romero (Tobar), 48th minute.
Hoquiam 1, Tenino 0
Hoquiam’s defense made an early one-goal lead stick en route to a 1-0 win over Tenino on Friday in Tenino.
The Grizzlies (4-3, 4-2 1A Evergreen) got a goal from freshman Brannon Gonzales off an assist from junior midfielder Jose Fabian to take a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
Hoquiam held a majority of the possession the rest of the way to record the shutout.
“The guys played hard tonight, despite some calls not in our favor, we left the field with the win,” Hoquiam head coach John Johnson said. “All the guys played well. We were connecting passes and did good controlling the tempo. The guys are starting to really see what they can do as a team and think about the greater good for the team. I am very happy with how they played tonight.”
Hoquiam 1 0 – 1
Tenino 0 0 – 0
First half – 1, Hoquiam, Gonzales (Fabian), 16th minute.
Second half – none.
Eatonville 4, Raymond-South Bend 3
RSB goals by Jose Ramirez (2) and Edgar Ramirez.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
Local results for 1B/2B/1A Adna meet
Below are the top three placements for local Twin Harbors track and field athletes at a 1B/2B/1A meet in Adna on Friday.
Team scores: 1, Aberdeen 164 points. 2, Adna 86. 3, Centralia 75. 4, Willapa Valley 51. 5, Pe Ell 44. 6, Winlock 36. 7, Wahkiakum 28.
Individual results (local top 3)
100 meters: 1, Luke Niemi, Aberdeen, 11.75. 3, Jeremy Sawyer, Aberdeen, 12.11.
200: 3, Micah Schroeder, Aberdeen, 25.46.
400: 1, Isaac Garcia, Aberdeen, 55.89.
800: 1, Wil Boling, Aberdeen, 2:01.15. 2, Henry Nelson, Aberdeen, 2:04.66.
1600: 3, Jacob Hallak, Aberdeen, 5:18.07.
110 hurdles: 1, Carter Phelps, Pe Ell, 16.68. 3, Calan McCarty, Pe Ell, 19.14.
300 hurdles: 1, Phelps, Pe Ell, 43.49. 3, Caleb Schimelpfenig, Aberdeen, 46.87.
4×100 relay: 1, Aberdeen (Niemi, Schroeder, Sawyer, Newcomb), 46.39. 3, Willapa Valley (Tyson Portmann, Chase Porter, Cody Strozyk, Spud Swogger), 48.62.
4×400 relay: 1, Aberdeen (Isaac Garcia, Niemi, Boling, Nelson), 3:44.57.
Shot put: 1, Tyler Bates, Aberdeen, 48-04.50. 3, Connor Deniston, Willapa Valley, 39-10.50.
Discus: 1, Bates, Aberdeen, 150-07.
Javelin: 1, Strozyk, Willapa Valley, 144-09. 3, Owen Little, Pe Ell, 117-03.
High jump: 2, Patrick Walsh, Aberdeen, 5-04. 3, Micah Schroeder, Aberdeen, 5-02.
Long jump: 1, Isaac Garcia, Aberdeen, 18-09.
Triple jump: 1, Brandon Newcomb, Aberdeen, 35-02. 3, Trace Shanklin, Pe Ell, 31-07.
Team scores: 1, Aberdeen 135 points. 1, Willapa Valley 115.5. 3, Adna 96. 4, Centralia 54.5. 5, Pe Ell 36. 6, Winlock 20. 7, Wahkiakum 1.
Individual results (local top 3)
100: 1, Emily Wilson, Willapa Valley, 13.85. 2, Brooklyn Patrick, Willapa Valley, 14.08. 3, Charlie Carper, Pe Ell, 14.13.
200: 3, Lila Ericksen, Aberdeen, 32.51.
400: 1, Wilson, Willapa Valley, 1:05.34. 2, Solveig Kvarsvik, Aberdeen, 1:05.55.
800: 1, Anica Reimer, Aberdeen, 3:29.15.
1600: 1, Jasmine Solso, Willapa Valley, 6:37.53. 3, Reimer, Aberdeen, 7:28.95.
3200: 1, Solso, Willapa Valley, 15:27.69. 3, Kaitlyn Ganzel, Willapa Valley, 15:59.18.
100 hurdles: 1, Patrick, Willapa Valley, 17.87. 2, Charlie Carper, Pe Ell, 18.60.
300 hurdles: 1, Carper, Pe Ell, 51.94. 2, Patrick, Willapa Valley, 52.53.
4×100 relay: 1, Willapa Valley (Patrick, Julianna Lynch, Lauryn McGough, Wilson), 54.48. 2, Aberdeen (Annie Troeh, Zoe Troeh, Mycah Good, Kvarsvik), 56.45.
4×200 relay: 3, Aberdeen (Miley Anderson, Mylee Tran, Isabella Melville, Alyssa Caskey), 2:11.66.
4×400 relay: 2, Aberdeen (Lila Ericksen, Reimer, Tran, Kvarsvik), 5:26.96. 3, Willapa Valley (Teounna Young, Sam Sheary, Addie Hodel, Kaitlyn Ganzel), 5:54.51.
Shot put: 1, Sam Sheary, Willapa Valley, 28-09.
Discus: 2, Sheary, Willapa Valley, 95-06. 3, Bella Bruner, Aberdeen, 72-05.
Javelin: 2, Carper, Pe Ell, 84-01.
High jump: 1, Kvarsvik, Aberdeen, 4-06. 2, Caskey, Aberdeen, 4-02. 3, Zara Raya, Aberdeen, 4-02.
Long jump: 1, A. Troeh, Aberdeen, 14-06. 2, Z. Troeh, Aberdeen, 13-09.
Triple jump: 1, A. Troeh, Aberdeen, 28-04. 2, Ericksen, Aberdeen, 27-07.