Central wins key match, play-in game up next

INDEPENDENCE -- Central qualified for the Class 4A boys soccer play-in round after a 1-0 win on Thursday, Oct. 27, against Newport.



INDEPENDENCE -- Central qualified for the Class 4A boys soccer play-in round after a 1-0 win on Thursday, Oct. 27, against Newport.

The importance of the game was obvious, as the Panthers and Cubs had been battling for fourth place in the Oregon West Conference and a shot at making the playoffs.

"I've been preaching to them about heart and teammates and leaving everything on the field," Central coach Mike Lynch said. "They realized that because they all played hard."

Central came into the game on a sour note, after a 7-0 loss against league-leading Stayton on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Lynch said his team played the Eagles fairly even until a flurry during a 10-minute stretch late in the first half, when their opponents scored four goals.

Against Newport, Panthers forward Salvador Allison scored at the 14-minute mark off an assist by forward Marco Puente.

Lynch said his team was aggressive throughout the game, with the Cubs' goalie forced to make seven or eight saves on corner kicks and breakaways.

"Newport is a very physical team and we're kind of finesse," Lynch said. "We knew if they banged on us, we had the possibility of faltering.

"But we've been working on this during the last couple of weeks and we stepped up," he said.

The Panthers will play Cottage Grove, which is second in the Sky-Em League with an overall record of 7-5-1. The game will be at Cottage Grove on Thursday, Nov. 3. Start time is 6 p.m.

Central beat the Lions 1-0 on Sept. 10.



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