MONTESANO — The Elma v. Montesano rivalry sports showdown ended with an evening game of soccer hosted by Montesano.
It would be a game with a decisive end as Elma advanced into a District IV, play-in game, and Montesano would end their season.
The Eagles went up 2-0 in the first half off well placed passes and follow on play. Taking the first goal the combination of a Juan Perez header in front of the goal was assisted into the net by Julian Hernandez. Ten minutes later, a quick inbound play from Garrett Thomas found an open Reynaldo Ayala for the second goal and the game held to halftime.
“It was a slow kind of game, not a rapid fire goal to goal type game,” said Montesano assistant coach Scott Rocky.
“I liked the pace of the game, we were able to control it in our favor,” said Carson Seaberg Elma’s head coach.
With a critical game on the line for Montesano, a must win to advance, the boys challenged the Eagles with more shots in the second half, but could not find an opening past Elma keeper Moses Perez.
Working into the final minutes the Bulldogs started to create opportunities and found a way to punch one past Perez when David Sawyer took the ball straight at the goal for the only Montesano point with just over one minute to play.
The Bulldogs continued to threaten after the up lifting goal brought them with in a single point and kept the game on the Eagle end of the field. A last minute corner kick awarded to Montesano looked to be the possible equalizer, yet fell short of netting an additional point.
The Eagles move one step into the post season, as the Bulldogs close out their season.
Elma takes on Woodland
At mid-day, Saturday, May 4, the Eagles hosted the Woodland Beavers in their opportunity to continue in post-season play. For both teams it was a do-or-die game to advance into the District IV bracket playing in Washougal. For Woodland, it had been a very busy week, having to win out their last three games to be able and face Elma for a final opportunity to play-in.
The teams were locked with no one giving any advantage to the other, a strong equal game.
The Beavers were awarded a penalty kick taken by Juan Mosqueda at the 27th minute. The one-on-one was almost foiled by Eagle Tyler Davis, who hit the ground but saw the ball spit back out with Mosqueda right there to drive it back into the net.
The Eagles kept the game close not allowing another opportunity for the visiting Woodland team in the first half.
Elma brought the game back to par when a corner kick at the 46th minute found its way past the Woodland keeper, Carson LeFrancq, as Hernandez guided it past him with a flick of his head.
It took Woodland another ten minutes to generate their final opportunity and the game winner as Fernando Martin-Meana delivered a pass to an open Anthony Dizon. Elma had several opportunities being awarded back-to-back corner kicks two minutes later and even later in the game unable to generate any additional offense with good field position.
As the clock started to drain into the final minutes of play, the Beavers kept the ball as far away from their goal as possible booting it to the corners of the field.
“They had a lot of players that took us out of the game at times,” said Beaver coach Bryan Vogel.
Woodland will advance to the game in Washougal, as the Eagles will hang up their cleats for another season.