MONTESANO — After five shots on goal, the agressive Bulldogs finally made their initial strike at minute 13 and later paced the Spartans to a 4-1 victory in an Evergreen League Soccer match held at Jack Rottle field on March 14.
Taking their season to 1-1, Bulldog senior Gurgen Khasapetyan found the net early in the contest against Forks as the Montesano offense took control of the game in very poor field conditions.
“I thought we played a good 40 minutes of really good soccer, given the field conditions,” said Montesano coach Jeff Lenherr.
With a young team this year, the coach is happy with the early performance.
“The group is coming together real fast,” said Lenherr.
The Bulldog offensive drive provided eight shots on goal, with one scoring, in the first half and was able to work of off Spartan mistakes who were charged with no less than four off-side calls in the first forty miuntes. Montesano goal keeper, Brett Cooper was credited with three saves in the first period adding to the Bulldog defensive stature.
With a 1-0 lead coming out in the second half, the Bulldogs did not sit back as Khasapetyan feed a cross to David Sawyer for the second point for Montesano. Working between heavy subsitutions of Montesano, Dakota Jefferson struck goal three at minute 58 followed up by Tim St. Onge with the final Montesano goal during minute 72.
Montesano continued to control the field givimg Forks limited opportunities to carry the ball down field. For the Spartans Abisai Garcia was eventually able to make a strike at minute 77 and keep Montesano from blanking them. But even as the clock final waned down the final shot, even a bit off target was credited to a Bulldog.
Later at Aberdeen
After a rain filled game at home, the Montesano Bulldogs traveled dwon the road for better field conditions to face Aberdeen in a contest on March 17. The Bobcats filpped the Bulldogs and sent them home with a 4-0 loss.
The non-league game at Stewart field went scoreless through the first half and almost mid-way through the second until Aberdeen was able to penetrate the Bulldog defense and key on open opportunites. Pressuring the Bulldogs from distance in the initial 40 minutes, Bulldog goal keeper, Cooper, was tested time and time again being credited with five saves. The Bobcats finally hit paydirt in the 53rd minute of the contest and then the goals just kept dropping for the Aberdeen squad.
The win for Aberdeen brings their current record to 2-0 with the Bulldogs dropping to 1-2. Montesano will host Rochester on March 21.