SHS soccer team rolls into Waldport, North Bend as season continues

Freshman Jason Garcia (left) and sophomore Jaxson Jensen bring the ball down against Waldport last Friday.

Waldport d Siuslaw: 2-1

Bend d Siuslaw: 5-0

Oct. 3, 2018 — The inaugural season of the Siuslaw High School soccer team, a JV team with male and female players, had its busiest week yet after picking up a game with Waldort last Friday.

Then Monday, Siuslaw was once again on the road, taking on the Bulldogs at North Bend.

In Friday’s game against the Irish, another team in its innaugural year of high school soccer, it was a hard-fought match that showcased solid defense on bith teams. Both of Waldport’s goals came in the first half, the first off of a penalty kick that narrowly slipped past Siuslaw goalkeeper Caleb Hennessee.

The Irish scored a second goal a short time later after connecting on a rebound from a corner kick to move ahead 2-0.

“Once again, we came back in the second half, looking much more relaxed and confident,” said assistant coach Londi Tomaro. “We played better as a team and kept Waldport scoreless for the second half.”

Meanwhile, Siuslaw’s offense went to work, pressuring the Irish defense and scoring about midway through the half.

The goal came when junior forward Ramiro Ramirez breached the Waldport defense and sent the ball in on a straight kick for a score.

"We had several more promising attacks but weren't able to score on them," said Tomaro.

With seniors Hannah Freudenthal and Zoe Leech out of the rotation due to scheduling conflicts, Siuslaw played the entire game with just one substitute.

"The team worked really well together," Tomaro said.

Monday, Siuslaw played its first game under the lights during a 6 p.m. match at North Bend High School.

The Bulldogs' soccer program is well established, so the challenges it posed were new to the Siuslaw team.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for our squad," said coach Nyra Campbell. "The Bulldogs pass well, won the ball, overlapped the field, talked well and took beautiful shots. It was an chance for us to grow by playing a team far better than we are at this point."

Though the Bulldogs won 5-0, handing Siuslaw its first shutout, Campbell said she was proud of the way the team played, particularly in the last 20 minutes.

"We made some deep runs into the Bulldogs' half of the field," said Campbell. "Both Ramiro [Ramirez] and Jason [Garcia] were able to take shots on goal."

The Vikings, which is made up of a team that includes 10 boys and four girls, has two games remaining in its debut season. The next will be Oct. 10 in Lincoln City against Taft High School, and then a rematch at Waldport on Oct. 11.

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