Bowmen, Tigers battle to no score
TIGARD — It was a match that included most everything.
It included a lot of back-and-forth spirited action.
It included stifling defensive play.
It definitely included some intense, hard-hitting physicality.
It included two teams that really, really wanted to win.
However, what the match didn't include was a goal.
The Sherwood and Tigard high school boys soccer teams battled to a 0-0 tie in a Three Rivers League match played Monday at Tigard High School.
"It was a good game," Sherwood senior midfielder Danny Dhas said after the match. "We had a lot of chances, but we weren't clinical in finishing. The defense was solid."
"We came out kind of slow in the first half," Sherwood senior goalkeeper Garrett Hite said. "In the second half, I think we had the better of it. It was a good game."
"It was physical," Tigard junior goalkeeper Jackson Cleaver said.
"At times, it was good," Tiger freshman defender Jack Hallum said. "We just had too many mistakes."
With the tie, Sherwood moved to 1-0-1 in TRL matches (4-3-2 overall), putting the Bowmen in a tie with Tigard and Lakeridge for second place in the league standings.
"We were hoping to start off better," Hite said. "We're still planning on making it to the state semifinals, maybe even the finals."
"And we really want to win league," Dhas said.
The Tigers moved to 4-1-3 on the season with the tie.
"It's been going good," Hallum said. "The last two games were good. We were just a little off tonight."
Both teams' defenses — including senior Noah LaFave, senior Avery Hanlon, junior Caden Brandt and senior Brennan Agranoff for the Bowmen and Hallum, sophomore Jared Debban, junior Sajjad Al Rikabi and junior Carson Madera for the Tigers — stepped up strong right from the start of Monday's match.
Still, Tigard had some opportunities in the opening minutes. Tiger sophomore Jacob Theodoroff had a shot on goal just 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the match. Then, four minutes later, Sherwood senior goalkeeper Jett Krieger had to leap to tip a long-range shot by Tigard senior Cesar Ochoa-Navarro over the crossbar of the Bowmen goal.
Sherwood countered with a free-kick shot by by Leonardo Simoes Del Buono, which sailed over the crossbar from 35 yards away, and a shot on goal by Dhas from 27 yards away, with Cleaver making the save on that attempt.
Krieger then made another leaping deflection, this one coming on a shot by Tigard senior Miguel Vergara, keeping the match scoreless at the midway point of the first half.
With just over four minutes left in the half, Krieger and Al Rikabi were both injured as they collided, with their heads hitting each other, as they both went up high for a Tiger corner kick. The collision, with left Krieger with a bloody mouth, led to a 10-minute delay as both Krieger and Al Rikabi were down on the turf at Tigard High School. They both ended up leaving the contest.
Hite, in to replace Krieger, was put to the test right away as he had to make a play on a shot by Tigard sophomore Rasheed Tarhuni less than 30 seconds after entering the game. Hite made the save on the attempt, keeping the match scoreless going into halftime.
The Bowmen then came out strong to start the second half. Sherwood got shots on goal from Dhas, senior Christian Martinez and Agranoff in the first 17 minutes of the half. Cleaver made the save on all three of those shots, making a diving deflection of Agranoff's header attempt off a corner kick.
Tigard countered with shots by Theodoroff, Vergara and Tarhuni, with Hite making saves on all of those attempts.
As the final few minutes were ticking away, both teams were fighting to get an elusive goal. With 1:26 remaining, Agranoff had a free-kick shot from 26 yards away sail wide left of the Tigard goal.
Then, with just four seconds remaining, the Bowmen were whistled for a foul and issued a yellow card, stopping the clock and giving the Tigers a free kick from 34 yards away — and a chance to win the game, putting the pressure on Sherwood's goalkeeper.
"My heart was going," Hite said. "But I believed in myself."
Hite made the save on Vergara's shot, hitting it up in the air, ending the match with the teams tied 0-0.
"It wasn't the result we wanted," Dhas said. "But we'll take it, and move on to the next game. It was good competition, and a fun game to play in."
"Our defense did good work," Cleaver said. "That was good to see. We all did our jobs and held them to nothing. That's what we wanted to do."
The Tigers had 10 shots on goal and seven corner kicks in the contest. Sherwood had six shots on goal and two corner kicks.
Hite, after taking over in goal for the injured Krieger, made five saves.
"I just hope Jett is OK," Hite said. "He put his body on the line."
Tigard and Sherwood both opened league play with victories last Thursday. The Tigers triumphed 4-1 at home against West Linn and the Bowmen won 3-2 at Canby.
On Wednesday, Sherwood was slated to host Lakeridge and Tigard was set to play at Newberg. Results from those matches weren't available when the Times went to press.
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday. Sherwood will be home to face Lake Oswego and Tigard will host Lakeridge in 7 p.m. league matches.