Success in the OSAA State Soccer Championship playoffs has been elusive for the Glencoe Girls soccer program since its origin in 1980. With barely a handful of playoff wins throughout the years, travelling to Salem to take on the number 11 seed West Salem Titans in the first round of the OSAA 6A playoffs as a number 22 seed seamed to be a daunting task. However, behind solid net minding from the Tide's second team all league Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Kastelic and two goals from Freshman Celeste Molina Sanchez, Glencoe fought through physical play in midfield and a torrential downpour in the second half to defeat West Salem 2-1.
The Glencoe Tide soccer team lost 2-1 in extra time to West Salem in the OSAA 6A State Soccer Playoffs on the Titans' black turf. The Tide took control of the match early in the first half and narrowly chances very early in the match that would have set West Salem back on their heals. With most of the first half being played between the penalty boxes, it was the Tide that got the first lead in the match with 10:01 to play when a free kick at mid-field taken by Glencoe defender Jose Sanchez deflects off West Salem midfielder Joshua Bailey for an own goal. Midway through the second half Glencoe goalkeeper Toby Hodges was called for a foul on West Salem forward Cole Caldwell allowing the Titans to even the match 1-1 off the resulting penalty kick by Stuart Aeschliman. With regular time ending in a tie, West Salem came out in the first overtime period with a goal in the first minute off a header by Tyler Ballenger. Glencoe struggled to muster a counter to the go-ahead goal and for a second year in a row stepped out of the playoffs with disappointment in the first round.
It's a common claim in sports...defense wins games! When St. Paul battled a talented team from Mohawk (located in northeastern Oregon) in the OSAA 1A Football Championship semi-final game at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, the honor to compete for the State Championship went to St. Paul as a defensive stand successfully thwarted a two point conversion attempt by Mohawk late in the fourth quarter, giving the Buckaroos a 32-30 victory. The two teams literally traded touchdowns throughout the game as St. Paul struck first in the opening quarter on a 46 yard pass reception by Ryan Pierson with 1:43 left on the clock. Mohawk wasted no time evening up the score when Matt York tapped a 55 yard drive in less than a minute to equalize at 8-8 as each team were successful with the two-point conversions. As time ran out in the first quarter Pierson scored his second of three touchdowns on the day with a 64 yard run.
In the second quarter, on cue, Mohawk tied the score again when Matt York closed out a 75 yard drive in 4 plays with a 6 yard touchdown. With that, St. Paul returned the favor to close out the first half with a 24-16 lead as Pierson scored his third TD with a 38 yard run with 6:10 remaining in the second quarter. Dillon Tuyls scored the only touchdown in the third quarter to once again level the game at 24-24 with a 9 yard run, plus a conversion by Matt York. St. Paul went into the lead for the last time at 11:10 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Daley Smith ran for a three yard touchdown and completed a pass to David Furguson for the conversion making the score 32-24.
To finish out the trading of touchdowns, Mohawk marched 72 yards in 13 plays to score on a Cord Wilkins two yard run to set up a chance to tie the game with the two-point conversion. Mohawk quarterback Cord Wilkins rolled right and sent a high pass to Anthony Wallace in the corner of the end-zone, but St. Paul's Ryan Pierson's coverage was just enough to disrupt the play and preventing the catch to tie the game. The Buckaroos were able to hold off one last Mohawk drive in the final minute as their defense played a major role in their 32-30 win to go on for the OSAA 1A Football Championship game the following week at Hillsboro Stadium.
A good friend of mine has two daughters in high school. Last year, at the spur of the moment, we took a few photos before the big homecoming dance in their garage using a portable studio setup. They asked if we could do the same this year, and they invited a few friends over to join in the fun.
We used a white paper seamless background with two main studio lights and two strobes bounced off the white ceiling for added fill light. The kids did most the posing themselves and pretty much let their personalities come out. Here's a handful of shots from the shoot.
I am not the biggest football fan. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy football...I'm just not fanatical about it. However, I love Oregon 1A high school football. Eight man football! It's a wide open game played in the purest element of high school sports. I try to get out to St. Paul, Oregon at least once a year to shoot the St. Paul Buckaroos on their home field...the St. Paul Rodeo Arena.
I have blogged previously about St. Paul football and their very unique home field...a 10,000 seat stadium that host the world famous St. Paul Rodeo on the Fourth of July, but is converted to a football field courtesy of the local Willamette Valley Grass Seed Growers who donate seed and labor to plant a grass football field in the arena in time for football each Fall. Understand...there are only 85 students in the high school at St. Paul and 354 folks in the entire town. Here's a link to one of my previous blog stories about St. Paul Football.
The Buckaroos hosted the Perrydale Pirates on October 16th to determine which of the two teams was to going to take sole possession of first place in the Casco League standings as both teams entered the contest with a 6-0 record. St. Paul got out to a two touchdown lead heading into half-time and was able to hold off the Pirates as they battled back into the game in the second half. The No. 2 ranked Buckaroos kept a lead over the No. 3 ranked Pirates throughout the final two quarters to claim a 34-24 homecoming victory.
When Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon was built in 1971 a football stadium was not included in the construction plans. One reason for this was the school's very close proximity to an established neighborhood who was not thrilled at the idea of screaming crowds, bands playing, PA announcers and traffic on Friday nights. For 37 years the Pacers played their "home" games on the field of cross-town rival Lake Oswego High School. Even though the LO High School stadium was call District Stadium in an attempt to provide some degree of neutrality to the venue, being located on the LOHS campus, it was definitely not "home" to the Pacers.
Everything has changed this year. After long negotiations with the city and the local neighborhood association, Lakeridge was allowed to start holding a limited number of home games on their campus last year. The stadium seating is very limited so last year's Civil War was played at District Stadium in order to give some time to understand the logistics of holding the big Lake Oswego derby at Lakeridge. On October 2nd, the day had finally come for Lakeridge to host the big Civil War game. Portable bleachers were brought in to accommodate the visiting LOHS fans, because there is not a visitors' section - due to an agreement with the neighborhood association - at the Pacers' field. The chilly Fall air in the stadium was filled with the scent of hamburgers grilling on a large open BBQ at one corner of the field, the stands were at near capacity, the Lakeridge band played with spirit and enthusiasm, the cheer teams rallied their fans on both sides of the field and LO and Lakeridge spirit was evident throughout the stadium. This was a special event...for both schools.
As for the game, LO dominated from their opening series and rolled to a comfortable 42-10 victory. Despite the lopsided loss to their bitterest of rivals, Lakeridge fans were far from disappointed on the night. It was tough to loose the Civil War at home...but that was the most important aspect of the night. They were "at home."
Photos shot as part of an assignment for the Lake Oswego Review. Click here to view the game coverage on their web site.
The Glencoe JV soccer team reached the half-way point of the season last week with a very successful record. The Tide won six and lost only one while scoring 27 goals and allowing five. The lone loss was at the hands of Glencoe's cross-town rival Hillsboro High School who shut out the Tide while tallying three.
The strength of the team throughout the fist half of the season has been the back line. The midfield has been playing well, but needs more consistency in maintaining possession and creating attacking situations, along with improving defensively. The front runners have put away some nice goals and look to improve on their accuracy against the stronger opponents.
The second half of the season will give the Tide a chance to avenge their sole loss against Hillsboro. The two sides split the derby last year, each winning on the opponents grounds.
With 50 seconds left in the game, fourth down and four on the 14 yard line, the Hillsboro Spartans lined up for a potential game tying fieldgoal as they trailed the West Albany Bulldogs by three with the score 20-17. The ball is snapped, Ty Starkman's kick is blocked by West Albany's Jacob White and the Bulldog players head to the sidelines to rejoice with coaches and teammates, as victory is assured due to Starkman's block. But not so fast. As jubilation unfolds on the West Albany sidelines, Hillsboro's Zack Hickman picked up the football left laying in the middle of the field and handed it Kyle McLennan who turn and sprinted into the right corner of the endzone. The West Albany players were too quick to celebrate as they did not realize the ball laying in the middle of the field was still live. Hickman and McLennan seam to be the only two people in the packed stadium to realize the Bulldog players' error. Touchdown Hillsboro...game over...right? Not quite so fast.
In the midst of the chaos and McLennan's run into the endzone, a lone whistle sounded that no one paid any attention to...until after the Spartans were now celebrating in the endzone believing they had remarkably got the jump on the Bulldogs and now lead 23-20 with just over 40 seconds to play. That whistle turned out to be inadvertently blown by an official who was as unaware as the Bulldogs that the play had yet to be over. The officiating crew discussed the situation and due to the whistle accidentally being blown, they ordered the down to be replayed. McLennan's touchdown run was nullified, but the Spartan's still had another chance to tie the game once again as they lined up for another fieldgoal attempt. Once again, White beat the Hillsboro line for a diving block of Starkman's second attempt. This time the blocked ball bobbled out-of-bounds allowing the West Albany players to celebrate once again...and the celebration is for real as their three point lead holds for the 20-17 victory.
You'll be seen a fair amount of Glencoe soccer photos over the next several weeks as I am once again a volunteer coach for the boys JV soccer program at the school. This is my fifth year and I enjoy every minute of it. The Varsity and JV teams are strong contenders in the OSAA Northwest Oregon League and the kids are great to work with.
The Varsity team opened their season at home with an endowment game against Aloha. After falling behind in the first half 0-1, Glencoe scored two late second half goals to edge out a 2-1 victory. Noe Escalera jump on a loose ball from about eight yards in front of the goal to bring the Crimson Tide level and Zim Mayfield hammered home a cross from just outside the six from Alan Portilla on the right wing to secure the win.
It's official...Fall is here, and that means high school football on Friday nights. To get back into the swing of shooting football I ventured out to Sunset High School who were hosting the Lakeridge Pacers from Lake Oswego. Sunset's season opening effort fell short as the Pacers jumped out to lead first on a Chase Wippert two yard touchdown with just barely a minute played in the game. Sunset evened the score on a 76 yard run by Reggie Coulter. After Sunset added a fieldgoal for a brief 10-7 lead, the Pacers scored twice to up the score to 21-10. Sunset had hope as Ty Harper hauled in a 71 yard touchdown pass reception to close within five points at 21-16. A final minute drive by the Apollos stalled with a failed fourth down run to end up a yard short, giving the Pacers possession of the ball for to run out the final two minutes.