Sherwood falls in a state first-round boys soccer state match at South Eugene

EUGENE — The Sherwood High School boys soccer team came as close as it could get to pulling off what could be considered a major upset to open the Class 6A state playoffs.

The 29th-seeded Bowmen pushed No. 4 seed South Eugene all the way to a penalty kick shootout before falling to the Axemen in a Class 6A state playoff first-round match played Saturday at South Eugene High School.

With the loss, Sherwood, the No. 5 team out of the Three Rivers League, finished its season with a final overall record of 6-6-4.

South Eugene, the Southwest Conference champion, improved to 12-2-1 on the season with the victory. The Axemen also moved on to host Forest Grove in a state playoff second-round match on Wednesday.

Sherwood, which scored an overtime play-in win over McKay to earn a spot in the state playoffs, took a 1-0 lead in Saturday's match at South Eugene, with senior Leonardo Simoes Del Buono scoring on a shot from about 20 yards out just five minutes into the contest.

The Axemen tied the score, at 1-1, on a goal by senior Jesus Velazco, coming in the 22nd minute.

Neither team was able to score again in regulation play, or in the two 10-minute overtime sessions, sending the match to a penalty-kick shootout.

South Eugene missed its first attempt in the five-round shootout. Del Buono followed with a successful try, giving Sherwood a 1-0 lead after one round. But the Bowmen wouldn't be able to convert another penalty kick.

South Eugene, meanwhile, got successful tries from Jailany Thiaw, Velazco and, finally, Sai Bliss-King to win the shootout 3-1, claiming a 2-1 victory for the match.

The loss marked the final high school match for Sherwood seniors Jett Krieger, Garrett Hite, Danny Dhas, Avery Hanlon, Del Buono, Christian Martinez, Noah LaFave, Jonathan Alvarado, Christian Phifer, Brennan Agranoff and Cameron Huske.

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