LEWISTON, Id. — The Pendleton Buckaroos boys soccer team kicked off the 2017 season in 100 degree weather on the road on Tuesday and came home with a 4-1 loss to the Lewiston Bengals.
Starting with five first-time varsity players, Pendleton (0-1) gave up two early goals to Lewiston before it got settled in, coach Jeremy Talbot said, and kept the 2-0 score until halftime. Out of the break, the Bucks began to work the ball into some quality offensive chances and cashed in on a goal from Nick Oja with the assist from Jose Rodriguez.
Lewiston then scored two more goals later in the second half to seal the win.
“(We) played tough but ran out of gas,” Talbot said.
Andrew Wolotira manned the goal for Pendleton and turned in 15 saves in the game.
Pendleton will open its home slate on Thursday when it hosts Milwaukie at 6:30 p.m. up at the newly-renovated PHS athletic field.
UMATILLA 3, MAC-HI 3
UMATILLA — Celeste Rodriguez scored two goals and Devina Monreal added one more as their Umatilla Vikings drew a 3-3 tie with the Mac-Hi Pioneers on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was a fun match,” Umatilla coach Tim Lee said. “Our fitness level is still on the upswing ... we got tired early and Mac-Hi battled back, but we still saw some good things.”
Rodriguez and Monreal traded goals as the Vikings (0-1-1) took a 2-0 lead early, but Mac-Hi (0-1-1) scored two to tie the game up before the half. The Pioneers scored a go-head goal out of the break, but the Vikings tied the game on Rodriguez’s second of the game. Lee said the Vikings had a few opportunities to take a lead, but couldn’t finish the kicks.
“We’ll look at what we did well,” Lee said. “It was a step in the right direction.”
Umatilla next hosts Pendleton on Saturday at Noon, and Mac-Hi will travel to Walla Walla (WA) on Friday at 4 p.m.
HEPPNER SWEEPS TWICE
DUFUR — The Heppner Mustangs picked up a pair of victories on Tuesday afternoon, sweeping both the Dufur Rangers and Vernonia Loggers 3-0 in Dufur.
Against the home Dufur team, Heppner (3-2) won 25-12, 25-18, 25-12 and then beat Vernonia 25-23, 25-16, 25-16. Stats were not available for the Dufur match, but against Vernonia it was Nicole Propheter that led the Mustangs with eight kills and Jacee Currin had five, while Sydney Wilson led with 16 digs.
As a team, Heppner was a stellar 94 percent on its serves and Madison Combe led the team with seven aces.
“Everything seemed to fall into place today for these girls,” Heppner coach Mindy Wilson said. “They continue to work on the little things and are improving daily.”
The Mustangs next host the Heppner Tournament on Saturday morning.
WESTON-MCEWEN WINS TWO
HELIX — After a tough weekend in John Day, the Weston-McEwen TigerScots got back on the winning side of things with a pair of wins over Helix and Enterprise on Tuesday.
First up against Enterprise, the TigerScots (4-1) worked quickly and won 25-17, 25-9 and 25-13 and then came back against Helix (3-1) to win 25-22, 25-14 and 25-9.
“I thought these were our best matches to date,” Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White said. “We had a lot of improvement from the last time we played from execution. Still some areas to work on, obviously, but I thought we played much better.”
Bryce Thul had a standout night for the TigerScots picking up a team-high 33 assists while adding 13 digs, 11 aces, seven kills and four blocks. Alyssa Finifrock led the team with 23 kills and 12 aces, while Hailey Weaver had 13 kills and Maddi Muilenburg had nine.
Emma Olson also had a solid night with 12 digs and was 23-26 from the serving stripe with two aces.
For Helix, the Grizzlies rebounded to beat Enterprise 3-0 as well, winning 25-19, 25-22 and 25-22. No stats for the Grizzlies were reported.
Weston-McEwen next plays at home against Union on Thursday at 4 p.m. Helix will host Stanfield on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Mac-Hi at 5:30 p.m. for another tri-match.