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BOYS SOCCER: Each side dings the post with a potential winning goal down the stretch

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Gerardo Mejia splits a pair of David Douglas defenders to send a ball into the attacking zone during Thursdays 1-1 draw. a

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Neither side walked off the field with what they wanted Thursday night.

David Douglas and Reynolds battled to a 1-1 draw in a clash of playoff contenders, but Clackamas (10-0-3) ended the night as the big winner by clinching the Mount Hood Conference title.

Deadlocked 1-1 both sides pushed for a winning goal over the final 20 minutes, only to be met by a series of near misses.

Reynolds had the first chance when Sergio Tinoco moved deep into the attacking zone before launching a tall shot that dinged the crossbar. Moments later, Angel Orozco Montalvo and Rogelio Uribe Rodriguez played a give-and-go down the side of the field that ended with Rodriguez rolling a shot wide of the far post.

David Douglas flipped the field with Sebastian Galvez Rodriguez making a move into the 18-yard box before going down to the turf. No whistle sounded for a potential penalty shot, and Reynolds was able to clear the ball.

Nearing 10 minutes left, David Douglas created its best opportunity for the win on Felix Alarcon's long run through the middle that ended with him punching the ball to the side for teammate Ayub Ahmed, who blasted a close range shot off the goalie's fingertips and into the crossbar.

The ensuing corner kick pin-balled in front of the goal before Raiders' goalie Jose Sanchez managed to scoop it off the turf.

"Everyone was putting out a big effort, and that's all that was — it was an effort play," Sanchez said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Rogelio Uribe Rodriguez plays a high bouncer toward the sideline during the second half.

Reynolds took its last couple whacks around the five-minute mark when Mario Martinez Cruz played a ball inside for Tinoco, who deflected the ball just wide. A few minutes later, Pedro Calderon ran onto a loose ball and took it 20 yards upfield before hitting a roller that deflected off the leg of a defender and went off target.

The Raiders earned a corner kick on the play, but that ball crossed the width of the field untouched.

David Douglas had the game's final chances. The first coming when Isaac Rangel Villafuerte made a long run down the middle of the field only to be headed by Reynolds defender Angel Vides before he reached the 18-yard box.

The Scots' final opportunity came when Brian Carmon Perez made a run along the sideline before playing a ball to Villafeurte at the top of the box. But Sanchez was quick to react, sliding down to take the ball off the striker's foot with 15 seconds to play.

"I knew we had one last opportunity in the game, and I was looking to put the ball into the net," Villafuerte said.

"I play farther out than most goalies, so I'm able to get out there a little quicker," Sanchez said.

David Douglas held a 1-0 halftime lead after getting a penalty kick from Felix Alarcon.

Reynolds knotted the score midway through the second half when Tinoco ran onto a long goal kick and played a ball across to Gerardo Mejia, who beat his defender only to see his shot deflected wide. On the ensuing corner kick, David Douglas cleared the initial threat out of danger only to have the ball squirt out to Enrique Gonzalez who buried a low shot inside the left post.

"We came with everything, and I felt we controlled most of the second half," Gonzalez said. "When we scored that goal, you could feel it pick up the whole team."

The draw eliminated Reynolds from the league title chase, three points back of Clackamas, but the No. 2-ranked Raiders remain in prime position for a playoff run.

David Douglas (5-6-2) faces another big game at home Tuesday night, needing a win over Central Catholic to claim the league's final guaranteed spot into the 6A bracket.

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This story is slated for our Tuesday, Oct. 29, print edition.

— - MHC soccer

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