Boys Soccer Takes First in Mount Hood

Sonam Phuntsok, Staff Writer

The Boys Soccer currently holds a 4-4-2 record, ranked first in the Mount Hood Conference. In league, they hold a 2-0-1 record. Throughout league, they have posted three consecutive shutouts. Through ten games, they have scored 18 goals and allowed 14 goals.

Last Wednesday Boys Soccer started off league play with a 1-0 win over crosstown rival David Douglas. Coach Todd Saks has emphasized the success of the Eagles midfield through the season and is pleased with the progress.  

He said,  “Overall a solid performance. I felt we limited their attack except for a few chances. Our midfield controlled the game.” Junior Alex Ventura scored the Eagles only goal. Senior captain Miguel Carrillo also played a key role, sliding into the goal taking away one of Douglas’s only few chances.

Nathan Feltner, Angel Garcia and Jair Navarro also performed well on the night. Saks said, “Beating them and honoring a former player was a privilege. We have to take one game at time and that was the first of seven.”

The Eagles game plan going into Tuesday’s game against Gresham was to shut down their midfield. Mission accomplished as the final score was 0-1.  An evident problem for this Eagles team is their struggle to finish on the offensive end.  Coach Saks said “We played well but couldn’t finish. Which has been our problem for a couple of games.” The team has made note of this problem and made it the focus in practice. Saks felt that the entire back line played well. He said, “They absorbed their pressure and got us going in the attacking game.” The team’s goal for Thursday game against Reynolds was to score 3 goals, which they almost did as they beat the Raiders 2-0..

Saks was pleased with the team’s commanding victory.  He said “We dominated the game. We put a lot of pressure on them and didn’t let them play much.” Feltner and Navarro were the scorers for the night with Feltner scoring on a penalty kick. The hopes are high for this to be the turning point for this Eagles team in terms of offense and playing as a unit. Next Monday’s game against Central Catholic is the a great opportunity to silence any doubt.

Saks said the gameplan for the game is to “Go right at them. Put them under pressure early and see how they handle it.”

Saks commented, “Our goal is to make the playoffs right now.” 

Tahj Pamphille