The Philomath High School boys soccer team opened the season on Tuesday with a 1-0 road victory over North Marion, a team that was ranked No. 5 in the OSAAtoday preseason coaches poll. The Warriors defense stifled the home Huskies with an exceptional effort and scored the game’s only goal on a corner kick early in the second half.
“We won the game on defense,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said. “Teddy (Benbow) was immense with four saves and a commanding performance.”
Besides that effort from the team’s junior goalkeeper, Ellis said another junior, Chase Ringwald, contributed in a big way by shutting down North Marion’s top player. And senior Blaise Pindell took control in the middle.
“Blaise’s power ball-winning in the center of the park kept the pressure off our defense while springing counterattacks,” Ellis said.
Philomath’s goal occurred in the 43rd minute when senior Mark Grimmer scored off a corner kick from Ringwald.
“For some reason, North Marion thought they could hold a line with the ball about 1 yard off the endline,” Ellis said. “Chase drilled a waist-high ball and Mark made a glancing touch near the post, slipping the ball in.”
Ellis said North Marion controlled most of the possession during the scoreless first half. Still, the fourth-year PHS coach felt the Warriors would have the edge coming out for the second 40.
“I knew we were in a good spot as we’d have the sun and the wind at our back,” he said.
Philomath’s boys have allowed one goal or less in six straight games dating back to last season.
The Warriors (1-0) will play at home on Thursday against Molalla, which will be the season opener for the visiting Indians. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
Philomath’s junior varsity was scheduled to play North Marion on Tuesday but the Huskies did not have enough players to field a team.
Philomath 1, North Marion 0
Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Aurora
|North Marion (0-1)||0||0||0|
|Second Half: 1, Philomath, Mark Grimmer (Chase Ringwald), 43rd minute.|
Oregon West Conf Pct. All Pct. PF PA Newport 0-0 — 2-0 1.000 10 1 Philomath 0-0 — 1-0 1.000 1 0 Stayton 0-0 — 1-0 1.000 5 0 Sisters 0-0 — 0-0 — 0 0 Woodburn 0-0 — 0-0 — 0 0 Cascade 0-0 — 0-1 .000 1 3 Sweet Home 0-0 — 0-1 .000 3 4
Thursday, Aug. 26
Newport 8, Siuslaw 0
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Philomath 1, North Marion 0
Newport 2, Seaside 1
Valley Catholic 3, Cascade 1
Stayton 5, Gladstone 0
Junction City 4, Sweet Home 3
Wednesday, Sept. 1
Sweet Home at Klamath Union, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 2
Molalla at Philomath, 4 p.m.
Stayton at Valley Catholic, 6 p.m.
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