The Philomath High School boys soccer team improved to 5-0 on the season Tuesday with a 9-1 victory at Cascade in the Oregon West Conference opener for both squads. The game was stopped in the 68th minute on the eight-goal mercy rule.
Senior Mark Grimmer and junior Seth Arthurs each had a hat trick in the game, which actually was close at halftime with the Warriors leading only 2-1.
Freshman Silas Pittman and Grimmer scored the game’s first two goals to give Philomath the early advantage. Pittman dribbled inside and scored near post unassisted. Grimmer’s goal came on a through ball from junior Mateo Candanoza.
Cascade’s Bryan Cortes scored about halfway through the first half with a shot to the back post.
The Warriors came out for the second half and quickly racked up goals. Grimmer scored on a through ball from Candanoza for a 3-1 Philomath lead. The Warriors scored again with a throw-in going to senior Dylan Bell, who passed to Arthurs at the top of the box. Arthurs finished with a shot that hit the crossbar and went into the goal.
On the team’s fifth goal, Grimmer took a ball from senior Noah Aynes and dribbled to the left side of the box and scored. Candanoza followed with an unassisted goal on a shot that hit the upper left side of the netting.
Philomath’s lead went to 7-1 on an unassisted goal by Arthurs, a ball slotted into a corner. Swing player Lukas Dunn, a sophomore, scored his first varsity goal on a through ball from sophomore Favian Aceves. Arthurs had the final goal with another assist going to Aceves.
Philomath has attracted attention around the state in Class 4A with a No. 2 ranking in the latest OSAAtoday coaches poll. Another Oregon West team, Stayton, is ranked No. 1.
The Warriors will play at home at 4 p.m. Thursday against Sweet Home. The Huskies will come into the game with a 1-2 record.
Philomath 9, Cascade 1
Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Cascade HS, Turner
|Philomath (5-0, 1-0)||2||7||9|
|Cascade (1-2, 0-1)||1||0||1|
|First Half: 1, Philomath, Silas Pittman; 2, Philomath, Mark Grimmer (Mateo Candanoza); 3, Cascade, Bryan Cortes.|
Second Half: 4, Philomath, Grimmer (Candanoza); 5, Philomath, Seth Arthurs (Dylan Bell); 6, Philomath, Grimmer (Noah Aynes); 7, Philomath, Candanoza; 8, Arthurs; 9, Lukas Dunn (Favian Aceves); 10, Philomath, Arthurs (Aceves).
(As of Sept. 9)
Oregon West Conf Pct. All Pct. PF PA Philomath
Monday, Sept. 13
Sisters 7, La Pine 0
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Philomath 9, Cascade 1
Stayton 6, Newport 3
Thursday, Sept. 16
Sweet Home at Philomath, 4 p.m.
Estacada at Cascade, 4:30 p.m.
Sisters at Stayton, 6 p.m.
|The Philomath JV team did not play at Cascade on Tuesday. … The team’s season record stands at 0-1-1. … The JV Warriors are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at home against the Corvallis High freshman squad.|