Tuesday’s Prep Boys Soccer: Six-Goal Second Half Helps Centralia Past Rochester
By Matt Baide
It was a tie game at halftime, but Centralia scored six goals, including a hat trick from Mario Silva, to help the Tigers earn a 7-3 win in an Evergreen 2A Conference boys soccer game at Tiger Stadium on Tuesday.
The first half was light in comparison to the second half, as Rochester got on the board in the 18th minute on a goal by Mason Pietras. Centralia had plenty of chances in the first half, but was only able to score in stoppage time on a corner kick header from Manuel Aguilar to tie the game at halftime.
“I was hoping it would play out like it did the first half so we could have the talk, that’s where soccer, you don’t get timeouts to change and adjust and it’s just that they were overly aggressive and trying to force it instead of playing the scheme that we practiced,” Centralia coach Phil Strodemeir said. “We changed that at halftime and that’s what happened. They’re just trying to force it…They just needed to relax and play.”
Centralia came out strong in the second half, and Silva scored in the 42nd minute for a 2-1 Tiger lead. Silva added another goal in the 44th minute, and Ronaldo Ortiz kept the scoring going for Centralia in the 49th minute for a 4-1 lead.
Silva booted a shot from just outside the box in the 57th minute to complete the hat trick. Rochester didn’t go away as Enrique Sanchez-Hope scored in the 65th minute to cut the lead to 5-2.
Jose Pena fired a shot that found twine in the 69th minute and Kibrom Tesfageigis capitalized on a Rochester mistake to score in the 72nd minute. The Tigers scored an own goal in the 75th minute to cap the scoring.
The Warriors were without some players tonight, and coach Matt Ashton was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I think we played pretty well for what we had. We had a couple suspensions from the last game and we had only 12 people on the bench, one sub is kind of tough to come out and keep that intensity up through the whole game when you don’t have anyone to replace people with,” Ashton said. “I think we played pretty good defense on them up until that last two minutes…I think we had better through balls on the turf. It’s tough to come from a grass field to a turf field, everything’s a lot faster.”
Centralia (3-1-1, 1-0) travels to Tumwater to face Black Hills on Thursday, while Rochester (1-5, 0-1) hosts Tumwater on Thursday in a league game.
Black Hills Takes Down W.F. West
TUMWATER — W.F. West opened league play here on Tuesday, falling to Black Hills 7-1 in an Evergreen 2A Conference game.
The Wolves outshot the Bearcats 21-8.
“They’re a good team. We tried, we didn’t give up, we had our moments,” W.F. West coach Tino Sanchez said. “They’re a tough team, they’re strong. We had some decent plays but we couldn’t finish.”
Sanchez commended the play of midfielder Josh Wilks and goalkeeper Daniel Ford against Black Hills.
W.F. West (0-3-1, 0-1) hosts Aberdeen on Friday in a league game.
United Falls to Columbia-White Salmon
TOLEDO — United hadn’t lost a league game this season until Tuesday, falling to Columbia-White Salmon 4-1 in a 1A Trico League game.
Columbia-White Salmon got on the board first in the 16th minute for a 1-0 lead. It wouldn’t stay that way long, as Isaac Garibay scored in the 24th minute to even the score.
It was all Columbia-White Salmon after that, as they scored in the 29th minute to take the lead and added goals in the 31st and 32nd minutes for a 4-1 lead.
“I think the kids played hard. We just have to learn and move on. We had chances and just didn’t get it done, they kicked out butts in the first half at the end,” United coach Horst Malunat said. “It was tied, they just didn’t let us breathe and pounded the nail in the coffin. We did some things better but we put ourselves in a hole. They’re a good team. They were just ready for us, just wasn’t our night.”
United (2-4-1, 2-1) faces King’s Way Christian on Thursday in Toledo in another league contest.