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The Tide advance to the second round, while Forest Grove, Century and Liberty are eliminated.

PMG PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Glencoe's Christian Martinez Trejo attacking a Sandy defender during the Crimson Tide's first round playoff win over the Pioneers Satuday, Oct. 19, at Hare Field in Hillsboro.Things are going well for the Glencoe boys soccer team—finally.

After going more than a month without a win, the Crimson Tide went 4-0-1 over the last three weeks of the regular season, claimed a share of the Pacific Conference title, and this past weekend defeated Sandy 5-1 in the first round of the OSAA state playoffs Saturday, Oct. 29, at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

"We are playing really well right now," Glencoe head coach Tom Stephens said. "We had many injuries and sickness and just bad breaks early in the season, and most of the results did not go our way. But I am not surprised with the current success, just happy we are healthy and the ball is bouncing our way a bit."

After a somewhat slow start to the contest, the Crimson Tide took advantage of a Pioneer back-end mishap and Venegas Rocha slotted home a near-post finish to put Glencoe ahead 1-0.

It didn't take long for the Tide to add to their lead, getting a second goal four minutes later from Miguel Lopez who collected a backward pass from Danny Hernandez and put away a far-post shot off a deflection to make the score 2-0.

Stephens said afterwards that he thought the initial Tide goal helped calm his team down, and that prior they may have even been outplayed by Sandy.

"Sandy played really well," Stephens said. "The game was even if not a bit in their favor over the first 25 minutes, but we shook off a bit of the nerves and started piecing it together well."

The Pioneers however weren't going to go quietly, and cut the lead in half in the 38th minute when Sandy forward John Bolanos Lopez netted a shot from inside of 10 yards to make the score 2-1 at the half.

Glencoe however again opened up a two-goal lead when Diego Alvarado Roldan scored in the 54th minute, before adding a Christian Martine Trejo penalty kick in the 65th minute and a Bryan Frausto Naranjo goal 10 minutes later to close-out the scoring.

Next, the Crimson Tide play at No. 2-ranked Lakeridge for a spot in the state quarterfinals. Stephens has a sturdy respect for the Pacers, but at the same time believes that if they play their game to best of their abilities, they've got a puncher's chance at moving on.

"Lakeridge is a really solid team and we are going to have to play really well and organized against them," the coach said. "We know they play physical hard-nosed soccer and we need to prepare ourselves for that. They are ranked No. 2 for a reason, but I think we have the talent to be in it at the end, just need the ball to bounce our way a few times."

Glencoe's game with the Pacers was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Lakeridge High School, after this paper's print deadline. You can find the result, along with the rest of the playoff scores and schedules on our website.

Other local first round boys soccer action included:

Grants Pass 4, Forest Grove 0

The No. 8-seeded Cavemen got two goals from Kenley Sheard, and a goal and assist from Elijah Leach to defeat the visiting No. 25 Vikings handily.

Grants Pass led 2-0 at the half thanks to goals from Sheard and Antonio Barrero de la Puerta.

Lincoln 5, Liberty 1

The No. 3-seeded Cardinals had little trouble with the visiting Falcons, defeating Liberty thanks in part to a goal and two assists from Gunder Miller.

Other Lincoln goal-scorers included Kenny Bae, Ollie McClaren, Ian Kenyon and Matthias Clift.

State Playoffs First Round

Boys

First Round

Jesuit 3, W. Salem 0

Ida B. Wells 2, S. Salem 1

C. Catholic 1, Beaverton 0

Grants Pass 4, Forest Grove 0

McNary 3, Clackamas 2

Gresham 2, McMinnville 0

Mountainside 3, Century 2

S. Eugene 4, D. Douglas 0

Lincoln 5, Liberty 1

Sherwood 4, Cleveland 3

Aloha 1, N. Medford 0

Willamette 5, Tualatin 0

Westview 2, West Linn 1

Grant 3, Lake Oswego 2

Glencoe 5, Sandy 1

Lakeridge 4, Franklin 1


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