ROCHESTER — With less than two minutes left in the second overtime period, Jake Bates headed home a Donovan Bieker free kick to give visiting Elma a 2-1 Evergreen 1A League win over Rochester on Tuesday night.
Set pieces were the method of scoring for the Eagles. Elma (1-0, 1-1) got onto the board in the 33rd minute when Edgar Hermenegildo hit a very low left-corner shot off a free kick for the opening marker. Hermenegildo noticed the Warriors’ wall was out-of-place and took advantage.
Rochester (0-1) responded in the 72nd minute when it took advantage of Eagle miscommunication to send home a loose ball in front of Elma’s goal.
“We connected on more passes and distributed through the midfield better to our fowards than they did,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We had more shots, just hit it right at the goalkeeper. Rochester wanted to run onto the ball over the top.”
Tyler Palmer was cited for his work at center defense and Steve Persell for his work on the wings, including drawing the foul that set up Bieker’s free kick to Bates for the game-winner.
On Friday, Elma hosts Hoquiam at Davis Field.
Bulldogs 3, Beavers 1
MONTESANO — David Sawyer scored twice, including an insurance goal off a penalty kick in the second half, to give Montesano a season-opening Evergreen 1A League win over Tenino at Rottle Field on Tuesday night.
Brandon Lovell scored the first goal of the match in the first 10 minutes of play before Tenino (0-1) tied it up on a penalty kick due to a hand ball inside the Montesano penalty area.
Sawyer got the eventual game-winning marker late in the first half when he blasted a shot from 20 yards out for Monte (1-0).
“We came up with a different formation for Tenino and the guys really responded well to it,” Montesano head coach Mike Malpass said. “We were physical and they guys implemented the new formation well. It needs some work, but they liked it. Tenino has some very skilled players. As soon as we figured out how to deal with them, we handled them pretty well. We closed it down in the last 10 minutes to seal the win.”
In the junior varsity match, Montesano won, 5-4.
Monte hosts King’s Way Christian in a non-league match tonight.