Peplinski, Beaverton boys soccer blows by Scappoose
Scappoose barely had time to get off the bus, let alone breathe, before Joe Peplinski and the Beaverton boys soccer team put a stake in the Indians' heart.
Six minutes into the first half of the Beavers' non-league match on Sep. 12, Peplinski scored two goals to open up a 2-0 lead and Beaverton added four more for good measure en route to a 6-0 home win over the Class 5A foe. The Beavers overwhelmed Scappoose with its big school athletes, speed and strength as Daniel Velazquez Escobar, Eduardo Lopez, Kayim Levy and Iradly Cana Cumez all added goals along the way to help Beaverton (2-2 overall) win its second straight match.
"It was good to get our confidence up," Peplinski said. "We lost our first two games, but we're on a winning streak that'll help boost our confidence going into Monday against a good team (at 6A semifinalist Forest Grove). It was a good performance."
"We're just going to kill for the rest of the season," Beaverton sophomore forward Trevon Hamilton said. "This is just the start. We want to kill every game, do our best, all that. We're just trying to win."
The outpouring all began with the senior Peplinski, who set a brisk pace of play with his two blink-and-you'll-miss-it scores.
"It was good to put them away early," Peplinski said. "We were able to settle our nerves a little bit, get back in the game."
Velazquez Escobar chipped in a throw-in from the left sideline to go up 3-0 with 17 minutes left in the first half. The forward lifted his right foot, met the ball in mid-flight with the outside of his cleat and glanced the ball past the Indian keeper to increase Beaverton's lead to 3-0. In the second half, Hamilton somehow got off a highly contested pass on the move and put it out in front of Lopez who ran the ball down in open terrain and put home the fast break goal to go up 4-0 with 32 minutes to go. Levy got in on the action too, splitting the middle of the Indian defense off another nice pass and putting the ball away in the left corner of the goal, to make it 5-0.
On the heels of a nine-win season in which Beaverton reached the second round of the 6A playoffs with a senior-laden squad, the incumbent Beavers believe they'll be back in the thick of the Metro League title chase. Peplinski is an accomplished veteran scorer. Hamilton is only a sophomore but he's angular, fast and smooth in the open field with a penchant for passing. Junior defender Keaton Klym was first-team All-Metro last year as a sophomore while senior forward Miguel Hernandez was second-team all-league. Beaverton lost many seniors off the 2018 unit, but with young players like Hamilton, Velazquez Escobar and Levy helping to carry the load, there is no reason why the Beavs can't duplicate last year's success.
"We work really well together, I think that's what's going to take us places," Peplinski said. "It's too early to say how good we'll be in Metro, but we'll wait until it starts and see how we are."
"Metro is hard, but we just come out and play," Hamilton said. "We give it our all."
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