Boys Soccer Roundup: Aberdeen, Hoquiam win on the road to keep league leads

TUMWATER — Keeping the momentum gained through the first half of the Evergreen 2A season, Aberdeen stayed aggressive against rival Tumwater and scored a big season sweep on Tuesday night.

Juanito Lopez scored twice, with Juan Oropeza added a marker, to give the Bobcats a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the T-Birds at Tumwater Stadium.

League leading Aberdeen (8-1, 10-1) scored a 1-0 win over Tumwater in icy conditions earlier in the season, thus the Bobcats have a season sweep over the T-Birds, an accomplishment AHS head coach Larry Fleming acknowledged.

“Tumwater was fourth in state last year and still a good team this season,” Fleming said. “We were able to sweep them, so that is an accomplishment. The boys won the ball stronger — one of our goals for the game — and played an overall solid offensive and defensive game.”

Lopez opened the scoring in the seventh minute, stealing the ball from a Tumwater defender and beating the goalkeeper after dribbling 50 yards down field. One minute later, the T-Birds made it 1-1.

Oropeza grabbed the lead again with a 20-yard shot into the low far corner in the 15th minute. AHS goalkeeper Andres Valdes turned away a Tumwater breakaway to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Lopez made it 3-1 in the 44th minute off an assist by Oropeza and the Bobcats hunkered in after the T-Birds got back to within one, 3-2.

Defenders Seth Caba and Sam Ruiz were cited for their overall performance on the back line and Titus Phillips was cited for his work at forward.

In the junior varsity game, Aberdeen won, 2-1. Victor Junco scored twice for AHS.

On Thursday, Aberdeen travels to Chehalis.

Grizzlies 3, Beavers 0

TENINO — A reshuffled lineup didn’t slow down Hoquiam as senior forward Jonathan Molina scored twice and Jared Woodman added a goal to knock off Tenino in this Evergreen 1A contest on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies (9-0, 9-1) maintained their two-match lead over Rochester atop the league standings by scoring all three goals against the Beavers in the first half.

Molina opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he controlled a cleared corner kick and hit a left-footed shot just inside the right post for Hoquiam. Woodman made it 2-0 in the 35th minute when his overlap run paid dividends with a pass (and assist) from Molina, who was double teamed. Woodman shot low inside the left post for the goal.

The scoring ended in the 40th minute when Molina played the advantage off a Alex PugaDeLaRosa run and hit a low left-to-right shot for the marker.

Hoquiam survived a physically played second half with the shutout for goalkeeper Jamie Bigbie.

“We had two starters and our first sub off the bench out, so we had to make (a new) lineup work,” HHS head coach Fidel Sanchez said. “We’re a little banged up, but we played well.”

In the junior varsity match, Hoquiam won, 1-0. Sebastian Rodriguez scored the lone goal for HHS.

On Thursday, Hoquiam stays home to take on Rochester.

Eagles 9, Spartans 1

FORKS — Reynaldo Ayala and Trevor Hann each scored a hat trick, with Edgar Hermenegildo adding two goals to lead Elma over host Forks in Evergreen 1A play on Tuesday.

Ayala scored his hat trick in the first half, scoring the match’s first two goals and got his third later in the half. Hermenegildo scored twice in the first half, plus assisted on a goal in the second half.

Hann ended the first half scoring with a goal, allowing Elma to lead, 6-1. Forks scored on a free kick midway through the half. Hann added two goals in the second half and Collin Hook ended the scoring overall late in the contest.

Julian Hernandez had two assists, Hann, Garrett Thomas and Dennis Andres each added one assist.

“We went up there and Reynaldo set the tone with his first goal,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “The guys played well and Forks really didn’t threaten, except for free kicks.”

On Friday, Elma hosts Montesano in a league rivalry match at 4 p.m.

Warriors 4, Bulldogs 1

ROCHESTER — Montesano notched the first goal of the match and kept up evenly with host Rochester, but the Warriors found a way to finish their chances in this Evergreen 1A match on Tuesday night.

Brandon Lovell scored for the Bulldogs (4-5, 4-6), but the Warriors (7-2 in league) took a 3-1 lead into halftime on goals in the 14th, 21st and 40th minutes. A penalty kick conversion in the 49th minute by Rochester ended the scoring.

“We had a lot of chances, but we just didn’t make the most of them,” Montesano head coach Jeff Lenherr said. “It was a pretty even game and the score wasn’t the game. We didn’t finish and they did a good job of finishing theirs.”

On Friday, Montesano hits the road to take on rival Elma at 4 p.m.