By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
May 17, 2006
Being the underdogs in a do or die game is tough. If the Eagles lost Friday night’s league playoff match against Wilson, their state playoff quest would be shut down and they would pack up for the last time this season. If they won, they would be guaranteed a spot in the first round of state.
And after a back and forth, hard-hitting battle, Wilson was the team to pack up with a hard-to-swallow end to their winning season. The Eagles, on the other hand, hit the bus with a celebratory 9-6 upset over the Columbia West’s number-two team.
“I am so proud of our team,” Coach Mac Jackson said. “It was a clutch playoff win, with us coming in as the underdogs and only the winner advancing to the state playoffs. We played a good game in all areas — offense, defense, transition, man-up and man-down. We have improved a lot and are really coming on at the end of the season.”
After falling behind by a couple goals early in the game, the Eagles battled back and took a 4-3 lead by halftime.
“Every time Wilson scored and made it closer, we answered by shutting them down and putting one in the net,” Jackson said.
By the end of the third quarter the Eagles upped their lead to two goals, which forced Wilson into a more desperate game plan in what would be their final quarter of action for the year. Keeping Wilson at bay was a solid defensive line and a wall in the goal. Dustyn Lyons had 10 saves at the net, Ian Bohince shut down Wilson’s top scorer, Tanner Hall limited their best attackman to only one goal and Tony Guisto was all over the field as a long-stick middie. On man-down defense, the Eagles shut down six of seven attacks.
The victory means the Eagles went on to play Grant yesterday at Portland’s Delta park for a seeding match that would determine which team would enter the state playoffs as the third seed and which would enter as the fourth seed.
Eli Camero 2 goals, 2 assists
Henry Hunt 1 goal, 2 assists
Ted Ostrye 1 goal, 1 assist
Ian Bohince 2 goals
Zach Flaming 2 goals
Paul Spaulding 1 goal
Jon Ing 1 assist