Panthers face key matchup

INDEPENDENCE -- Central's boys soccer team was involved in a pair of shutouts last week -- both on the receiving and administering ends.



INDEPENDENCE -- Central's boys soccer team was involved in a pair of shutouts last week -- both on the receiving and administering ends.

First the bad news. The Panthers (2-6 Oregon West Conference, 5-7 overall) lost to Cascade 4-0 in Turner on Oct. 18. Cascade scored twice in the first and second halves, taking 14 shots on goal compared to Central's eight.

"They just outmuscled and outplayed us," said Central Coach Mike Lynch.

Central rebounded two days later, with a 4-0 drubbing of Taft at home.

Lynch said the Panthers dominated the ball during the latter game, and took 15 shots on goal to the Tigers' two.

"The two shots Taft had were breakaways that our keeper had to make big saves on," Lynch said.

Midfielder Alejandro Echeverri scored the first goal in the 28th minute off an assist by forward Salvador Allison.

Allison scored in the 58th minute with an assist by midfielder Christian Carrillo.

Carrillo had two goals, at the 40-minute and 64-minute marks, respectively. Allison and defender Jonathan Pedraza assisted.

"We had a few younger players step up for us in this game," Lynch said. "We played with heart and trust."

This week is a critical one for Central, which is tied with Newport for fourth place in the OWC. The Panthers must pass the Cubs in order to qualify for a Class 4A play-in match to get into the state playoffs.

Central played undefeated Stayton on Tuesday, Oct. 25, after press time, and is at home against Newport for the final game of the season on Thursday, Oct. 27.



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