Hoquiam took what was a close game and turned it into a decisive victory with a 5-0 win over Montesano at Jack Rottle Field in Montesano.
Hoquiam got its first goal of the game in the 13th minute when Andy Garcia scored on a shot from the right side of the box to beat Bulldogs keeper Max Urbanski to his right.
Montesano had a chance to tie the game later in the first half when the Bulldogs were awarded a penalty kick after Ben Royer was taken down by Hoquiam’s Trey Brydon with the keeper out of position and an open net to shoot at.
The foul ended up working in Hoquiam’s favor as Jonny Smith dove to his left to make the save on Luis Muro’s penalty kick.
Hoquiam head coach Fidel Sanchez gave credit to Alex Peterson for keeping Monte’s Luis Muro in check, which limited the Bulldogs’ scoring chances.
“Alex Peterson marked up on Luis Muro. We had to show a lot of respect for Luis because he makes a lot of things happen for them,” he said. “We put Peterson on Luis all night and the counter attack was not there for them.”
Muro was taken out of the game altogether when he received his second yellow card of the night for jumping at a Hoquiam player during a throw in, which the referee determined was unsportsmanlike conduct.
Montesano head coach Rick Denholm said not converting on the penalty kick and going down a man in the 55th minute was too much to overcome.
“I think if we make that PK the mindset would have been a little different, a little more positive going into halftime,” he said. “After that second goal the kids got down a little bit on themselves. As soon as we got shorthanded, they really exposed us on that back end.”
Jose Juarez scored a goal in the 60th minute and Skyler Johnson went on a run and brought the score to 3-0 in the 65th minute.
Hector De La Oso scored a goal deep inside the box in the 70th minute and Hoquiam got lucky with its 78th minute goal as a Montesano defender scored an own goal when trying to clear a rebound out of the box.
“We didn’t want to fight with them throughout the game, so we wanted to make sure we scored,” Sanchez said. “That was the plan in the second half where we had three forwards. That’s when things started clicking for us and we were able to wear them down.”
Hoquiam and Monte will both be back in action on Tuesday, April 9. Monte will make its way to Tenino for a road game at 7 p.m. while Hoquiam will play host to Raymond at 5 p.m.
Garcia said he feels like the Grizzlies are starting to hit their stride at the right time.
“I feel like we’ve found our flow and we have the momentum to keep going and make it far this season.”
Elma 3, Ilwaco 0
Elma made up for its slow start with a flurry of goals in the last 15 minutes of the match as the Eagles picked up a road win over Ilwaco on Friday.
Elma got its first goal in the 65th minute when Rodrigo Luna found Manny Hernandez in the box off of an indirect kick.
Hernandez struck again in the 70th minute after receiving a cross from Cannon Seaberg to bring Elma’s lead to 2-0.
Gavin Blackett capped off the scoring for the Eagles with another tally in the 78th minute.
“Something kicked in and we stopped just playing and started using each other as teammates,” Elma head coach Carson Seaberg said. “We got crosses in and we didn’t allow them to play the ball out the back which helped us get corner kicks.”
The result keeps Ilwaco winless with an overall record of 0-3.
Elma’s next match will be a non-league affair at La Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9.
Tumwater 2, Aberdeen 0
Tumwater got the best of Aberdeen in a battle of the 2A Evergreen League’s top two teams, as the Bobcats lost Friday at Tumwater District Stadium.
Tumwater scored a goal with three minutes left in the first half and got an insurance goal with approximately 15 minutes remaining in the second half to take sole possession of first place in league.
Bobcats head coach Ben Barene cited Aberdeen’s Christian Sanchez, Hulizes Chavez and Christian Harp for their play.
Aberdeen moves to 5-1-1 overall on the season, 2-1 in league and sit one game behind Tumwater in the league standings.
Aberdeen’s junior varsity team lost 5-0 to Tumwater JV on Friday.
Forks 7, Raymond-South Bend 2
The Raymond-South Bend Riptide fell to Forks on Friday in Raymond.
Jose Delgado scored an unassisted goal and Jairo Jimenez scored off a rebound to tally the RSB goals.
TRACK and FIELD
Elma sweeps team titles at league meet
Elma’s boys and girls track and field teams took first place in the team events at a Pacific League Meet on March 26 in Elma.
Elma’s Cody Vollan ran a personal-best 23.30 to win the 200 meter race and a 51.65 to take the top spot in the 400.
Eagles thrower Ben Bridge also won two events for Elma, winning the shot put (43-11.50) and discus (126-02).
Tucker Simpkins (100, 12.06) and Jaedyn Edenstrom (long jump, 18-09) also won events for the Eagles.
The Elma girls team was led by Jillian Bieker, who won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 16.57 and 51.15, respectively.
Sarah Bridge (shot put, 32-01) and Jalyn Sackrider (discus, 104-11) also earned event victories for the Eagles.
King’s Way Christian 122, Montesano, 194
Montesano’s girls golf team lost to King’s Way Christian 122-194 on Wednesday.
Montesano — Glory Grubb 42 (medalist).