After a frustrating loss to Marist last Tuesday (March 9), or as Coach Vern Stewart described it, “a great lesson in humility,” Cottage Grove’s boys soccer team had an amazing turnaround this past week.
On Thursday (March 11), the Lions took on the Marshfield Pirates at home, fighting to the literal end of the game, and finishing in a tie with a final score of 2-2.
Stewart was proud of the way his team stepped up after the loss, noting that his boys have “great guts and determination, and a never-give-up attitude.”
In the first half, the Pirates were able to take the lead roughly 10 minutes in on a questionable penalty kick. At half time, the score was still 1-0 in favor of Marshfield.
The Lions came back strong in the second half, with Aldo Rea scoring a goal at the 50-minute mark to tie the game. With five minutes left in the game, the Pirates pulled ahead, despite Ty Kishen saving three of the four penalty kicks taken by Marshfield.
With only 11 seconds to go, Cottage Grove had a corner kick, which Evan Snauer successfully nailed to tie the game with six seconds left.
Then, on Tuesday (March 16), the boys returned to their home field to face off against Siuslaw High School. The Lions issued a stunning defeat, with a final score of 8-0.
Stewart recognized that Cottage Grove’s opponents fought hard, graciously noting, “Siuslaw is a new program so hats off to them.”
Rea opened the scoring with a goal in the first 35 seconds of the game, followed by a goal from Jaden Cameron. Rea scored another goal after that only ten minutes into the game, with Cory Butts scoring the fourth goal in the half, bringing the score to 4-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Cameron scored a second goal, and Rea scored his third, bringing the score to 6-0.
With 20 minutes left in the game, Gabriel Cortes scored another goal for the Lions, and in the final 10 minutes, Hector Cerritos scored from the penalty spot to end the game early, with a final score of 8-0.
In addition, Snauer had two assists and was indirectly responsible for assisting one other goal for the Lions.
With a tie and another win under their belts, the Lions record is currently 3-1-1. Cottage Grove hosts Elmira tonight (March 18), beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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