Thursday’s Boys Soccer: United Sends Seniors Out in Style
On a Roll: Team from Toledo-Winlock Shuts Out La Center 3-0
By Jordan Nailon
WINLOCK — After a pregame celebration for the 11 seniors on their roster the boys from Toledo and Winlock needed a few dozen more minutes to start playing the sort of soccer they’ve become accustomed to.
The ceremonial senior night ultimately wound up being a happy tale to tell for United as they blanked La Center 3-0 in order to preserve their perfect 12-0 run through the 1A TriCo League.
Once the clock started rolling, however, United appeared to have left their energy on the sidelines with their parents and guardians. The Wildcats were able to get up the first shot of the game and for the first 34 minutes as the teams played to a scoreless tie.
“I really felt like they out hustled us and had all the energy to start the first half and I really don’t like to see that,” said United coach Horst Malunat.
In the 34th minute though the good son came to the rescue when Andreas Malunat scored the game’s first goal from deep in Wildcat territory. Thomas Ethridge set up the score with a pass to Malunat in the box that Malunat bounced off the crossbar before collecting his own shot and redirecting it to the back of the net.
Three minutes later Malunat was back on the offensive for United. This time he was able to weave a free kick through a mess of defenders for a score that sent the home team to the locker room with a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
That score held up for another 34 minutes out of halftime until United was able to find the back of the net again. Gustavo Barragan got things started with a dribble drive into the heart of Wildcat territory before launching a shot against an out of position goalkeeper that wound up being saved at the last second by a defender. Malunat corralled the rebound and had his ensuing scoring attempt thwarted before Isaac Garibay booted a hard and fast shot that scooted by the defense for United’s third and final goal.
After conceding the first shot of the game United managed to outshoot La Center 15-4 in the game. While United goalkeeper Alan Contreras didn’t see a ton of action on the night he did make several impressive plays including one where he stole the ball right off the foot of a flabbergasted attacker.
Andreas Malunat said that it was a gratifying feeling to emerge victorious in front of a big home crowd in what was the final regular season home game for a team with a lot of miles on the pitch together.
“I know we are from two different schools but we’ve all played together since like third grade. I mean I play three sports but most of these guys only play soccer and it’s turned out pretty good for our senior year so far. Undefeated. It’s amazing,” Malunat said.
He added that the victory was even more meaningful since it was against a quality team like La Center, who United has become all-too familiar with over the years.
“The last five or six years our two teams have been at the top of the league and it’s been really competitive. It’s a fun rivalry,” Malunat explained. “It makes it awesome. Some of us have even played together at the club level so it’s funny to play against them. It’s definitely more fun to beat them than some bad team.”
United had already wrapped up the 1A TriCo League championship but the win on Thursday made sure that it is the extra-special undefeated variety.
Coach Malunat agreed with his son that the taste of victory was extra sweet in front of a festive home crowd and against a familiar foe. He noted that La Center even topped his squad last season in a bitter district championship match.
“We had back to back district titles and then we lost to them last year in the district title game. That one stung a little bit,” coach Malunat explained. “It’s a little bit of what you could call a rivalry. It’s always been United or La Center over the last six years who have won districts. We’ve battled with them.”
The seniors from Toledo and Winlock who were honored before the game include Contreras, Malunat, Barragan, Garibay, Ethridge, Ivan Cibrian, Brian Wood, Jessee Weeks, Hayden Farbo, Brandon Cruz, and Isaac Cruz. Tima Kozubakov, a sophomore exchange student, also received recognition for his contributions to the team this season since he plans to return to Kazakhstan before the next school year.
W.F. West Clinches Playoff Berth With Win Over Black Hills
W.F. West scored the first four goals of the game and held off Black Hills down the stretch to earn a 4-2 win in an Evergreen 2A Conference boys soccer game in Chehalis on Thursday.
The win locks up the No. 4 seed out of the EvCo into the District 4 tournament. The Bearcats will travel to Columbia River on Saturday at 2 p.m. to take on the Chieftains in the first round.
Cesar Morales started the scoring in the 26th minute off a corner kick from Antheny Mendez-Leal. Mendez-Leal scored in the 39th minute off an assist from Christian Mathuzima for a 2-0 lead at intermission.
In the 44th minute, Angel Hernandez scored off of a free kick by Mathuzima for a 3-0 lead. Isaac Madrigal scored the final goal of the game for the Bearcats off of a throw in by Tyler Laufenberg in the 62nd minute.
Evan Ellison erased the clean sheet for the Bearcats in the 68th minute. Luke Ellison scored in the 76th minute for the Wolves to complete the scoring.
W.F. West goalkeeper Alex Brummer made three saves in the win.
“Our defense was really awesome throughout the game. We had tons of shots, struggled in the first 25 minutes. We couldn’t hit the frame or played it right to the keeper,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “The first one from Cesar opened things up for us. It’s exciting, it’s the first time in seven years going to the district playoffs. It’s an exciting feeling, I’m really happy for the boys.”
It was senior night for W.F. West’s Morales, Tyler Laufenberg, Aaron Zylstra and Beau Booth. Anderson noted it was Laufenberg’s best game of the season, shutting down Black Hills’ Evan Ellison.
“The seniors stepped up and played well. Tyler was huge,” Anderson said.
Columbia River won the Greater St. Helens League, going 15-0-1 overall and 12-0 in league games.
Tenino Ends Season With Win Over Raymond/South Bend
RAYMOND — Tenino ended their season on a high note, defeating Raymond/South Bend 2-1 in a 1A Evergreen League boys soccer game here on Thursday.
Chris Ramez opened the scoring for the Beavers in the 10th minute, booting in a free kick. Jorge Soria evened the score for the Riptide in the 12th minute. Cameron Farley, who was in crutches earlier in the week, was able to play for Tenino tonight and scored his first career varsity goal in the 39th minute.
“He did a really good job, made a really good run and created the corner kick. The third header, he was able to put it in the back of the net,” Tenino coach Kevin Schultz said. “He celebrated like crazy. He was on crutches earlier this week and pushed through it for his first varsity goal.”
Devin Billings made three saves in a win in his final prep soccer game.
“He (Devin) was the only kid that stuck through it for four years,” Schultz said. “We didn’t have a goalie and he was quick to step up and jump in goal. I really appreciate what he did for us this year.”
It was also the final prep soccer game for Tenino’s Leo Lloyd and Boles Hanallah. The Beavers outshot the Riptide 15-4.
“I was happy with how we finished the season. I thought we played hard today. The first goal had kind of been coming, we were getting some chances and finally able to break through. Chris has scored a couple of those this year,” Schultz said. “I was really happy with the effort and energy. Both teams played hard, out of the playoff race. We were playing for pride and had a lot of fun. It was a good high school soccer game.”
Tenino finished the season 4-10-1 overall and 4-8 in league games.