The Philomath High School boys soccer team remained unbeaten on the season with an 8-1 road victory Tuesday night over Sweet Home. The Warriors improve to 11-0 overall, 7-0 in the Oregon West Conference.
“We moved the ball, we knocked it around quite well,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said. “I’m generally happy with where the team sits.”
Philomath, ranked No. 1 in the OSAAtoday’s latest coaches soccer poll, will not play again until Thursday, Oct. 21 for a trip to Sisters.
The schedule may see a change, however, because the Warriors had been scheduled to play Oct. 28 against Newport, which is two days after the Oregon School Activities Association freezes the rankings. Ellis said the Oregon West finalized its schedule before the OSAA came out with its freeze date and it hadn’t been noticed until this week. One proposal on the table is to move the game to Oct. 23, which would give Philomath a stretch of three games in six days.
In Tuesday’s win over the Huskies, Mark Grimmer and Nixon Mooney each scored two goals in a game that provided an opportunity for Ellis to clear his bench.
“We got a long of the younger guys, the swing and JV guys some minutes tonight,” Ellis said. “It was a nice chance for kids to have room to grow and have room to make mistakes that weren’t going to be lethal.”
Two regular starters were not available to play and Ellis rested Dylan Bell earlier than usual after Philomath had built an insurmountable lead.
The Warriors scored five goals in the first half — three of those in the first 10 minutes. Ian Alba, Grimmer and Silas Pittman all found the net. Grimmer contributed on all three of those goals, assisting on the first and third. Favian Aceves had the assist on Grimmer’s goal.
In the 27th minute, Grimmer scored his second goal for a 4-0 lead with an assist to Mateo Candanoza. Just a few minutes before halftime, Mooney scored his first goal unassisted.
Mooney scored again within the first couple of minutes of the second half, also unassisted, for a 6-0 lead. Sweet Home got one in to avoid the shutout but Philomath came back with a goal by Aceves, the assist to Vincent DeMasi. The final goal came in the 57th minute by Teddy Benbow with an assist to Aceves.
Sweet Home dropped to 2-7 overall, 0-5 in the league.
Philomath 8, Sisters 1
Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Sweet Home HS
|Philomath (11-0, 7-0)||5||3||8|
|Sweet Home (2-7, 0-5)||0||1||1|
|First Half: 1, Philomath, Ian Alba (Mark Grimmer), 3rd minute; 2, Philomath, Grimmer (Favian Aceves), 9th minute; 3, Philomath, Silas Pittman (Grimmer), 10th minute; 4, Philomath, Grimmer (Mateo Candanoza), 27th minute; 5, Philomath, Nixon Mooney, 38th minute.|
Second Half: 6, Philomath, Mooney, 41st minute; 7, Sweet Home, time NA; 8, Philomath, Aceves (Vincent DeMasi), 50th minute; 9, Philomath, Teddy Benbow (Aceves), 57th minute.
(As of Oct. 12)
Oregon West Conf Pct. All Pct. PF PA Philomath
Saturday, Oct. 9
Riverside 2, Sisters 1
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Philomath 8, Sweet Home 1
Stayton at Sisters, late
Thursday, Oct. 14
Sweet Home at Sisters, 6 p.m.
Cascade at Stayton, 6 p.m.
|The JV team did not play Tuesday. … The team’s record remains at 4-3-1 on the season. … The JV Warriors are not scheduled to play again until Oct. 21 at Sisters.|
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