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WEB EXCLUSIVE - Tyler Bennett's quick thinking sets the stage for Keanu Cano to net the tying goal

PAMPLIN MEDIA: DAVID BALL - Clackamas teammates rush back to celebrate with Tyler Bennett, 6, after he assisted on the tying goal with 10 minutes to play.



6A BOYS SOCCER
Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Reynolds Raiders (6-2-3)
3
Clackamas Cavaliers (4-3-4)
3


The Reynolds boys soccer team took things a step too far on Monday night and opened the door for Clackamas to earn a 3-3 draw with a surprise goal down the stretch.

Trailing 3-2 in the late stages of the match, Clackamas played a deep ball down the middle of the field that saw Reynolds goalie Luis Villamil raced off his line to gather it about 15 yards out from the goal. He took a couple steps forward, scanning the field for where to place the drop kick when the referee blew his whistle. Villamil had wandered outside the 18-yard box, while still cradling the ball.

Clackamas striker Tyler Bennett alertly grabbed the ball, placed it on the ground and gave it a swift kick while still in a bent-over position.

"They defense wasn't really set, and I was trying to catch them off guard," Bennett said. "I saw Keanu (Cano) making a run, so I put the ball out there and he slotted it home for an easy goal."

Cano flashed down the left side and booted the tying goal inside the far post, while the goalie was scrambling to get back to the goal line.

Both sides had chances at the win over the final 10 minutes.

Reynolds forward Pedro Calderon curved a free kick into Harith Al Obaide inside the 18-yard box, but his deflection went wide of the target. A few minutes later, Gerardo Mejia made a run down the left side that resulted in a corner kick, but again the Raiders were unable to place a shot on frame.

PAMPLIN MEDIA: DAVID BALL - Clackamas sophomore Cameron Gaines settles a ball along the sideline during the late stages of play in the Cavs' 3-3 tie with Reynolds on Monday.

Clackamas had the final two chances, the first coming when Brady Fendrich played a deep free kick toward the goal that forced Villamil into the air for a tough save with two Cavaliers rushing at him. A tackle from behind in the final minute gave Cameron Gaines a free kick from in front of the Cavs' tent, but nothing would come of it as the clock rolled to zeroes.

"It was a well deserved result — both teams played well," Bennett said.

Gaines put the Cavaliers on the scoreboard with a breakaway goal 15 minutes into the match.

Cano set up the team's next scoring chance with a couple touches into the middle before firing a low ball to the post that forced Villamil to dive to knock the ball wide. Clackamas got two shots off the ensuring corner kick, culminating with Brandon Farfan-Reyes hitting a bounced into the right side that left the goalie no chance and gave the Cavaliers their first lead 2-1 with 37:30 to play.

The advantage would last about 15 minutes before the Raiders struck twice in quick succession. Calderon hit a blast from 40 yards out that glanced off the gloves of Clackamas goalie Hunter Johnson and banged off the cross bar. Al Obaide rushed onto the scene to clean up the rebound, putting the Raiders on top 3-2 with 18:11 to play.

Reynolds had a chance to notch another goal five minutes later when Alan Gaytan made a quick turn at the top of the box and fired to the far post. The knee-high shot sent Johnson flying through the air, but the ball bounced harmlessly wide.

"It got scrappy out there, but we dug in and played through it," Johnson said. "We kept our heads in it and kept pushing."

The tie was the second in league and the fourth overall for the Cavaliers this season, leaving them in third place in the Mount Hood Conference ladder — two points behind Central Catholic.

Clackamas plays at Gresham at 7 p.m. Wednesday.


View photos at davidball.smugmug.com.


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