BOARDMAN - The Riverside Pirates' girls soccer team came up one goal shy of the most improbable - and most important - win of the season, but ultimately settled for a 1-1 tie with the Baker Bulldogs.
A win would have given the Pirates a third-seed into the playoffs, but the league champion Bulldogs did just enough to dash their dreams.
"We missed state by one goal," coach Paul Keefer said. "The girls came out and fought with all their heart, and it was truly an amazing game."
The Bulldogs outscored opponents 53-5 this season, but the Pirates showed resolve by taking the top team to the limit.
"To be able to come out and hold Baker to one goal was just a good effort," Keefer added.
Lidia Velazquez scored Riverside's goal with 10 minutes left in the game, but the Pirates couldn't add to it before time ran out.
"Nobody on our side let down, everything they had they left on the field," Keefer said. "Baker played well and we were able to withstand a couple of barrages at the end."
ONTARIO 5, MCLOUGHLIN 0 - A frustrating first half led to a loss for the McLoughlin Pioneers in their season-ending game.
Coach Martin Martinez said it was an "awful" first half, where Ontario scored all five of its goals.
"We couldn't get passes or shots off," he said. "In the second half things looked better, but by the end the girls were frustrated and just kicking the ball instead of passing or shooting it."
The season ended for the Pioneers 2-12 overall, 2-8 in Special District 7.
BOYS SOCCERUMATILLA 8, CULVER 3 - The Umatilla Vikings locked down third place in Special District 5 with a resounding win over the fourth place Culver Bulldogs.
Jose Campos scored five goals in the win, with Mario Anaya, Maximo Bedolla and Alejandro Ortega each adding one.
The Vikings will open the Class 3A playoffs against the Portland Christian Royals Tuesday, Nov. 6.
VOLLEYBALLUMATILLA 3, NYSSA 2 - The Umatilla Vikings picked up a tight victory on the road, beating the Nyssa Bulldogs 25-19, 25-18, 14-25, 16-25, 15-10.
"The girls played very consistently," Umatilla coach Melanie Varaday said. "It was a good game for everyone and we were glad to get the win."
RIVERSIDE 3, NYSSA 2 - The Riverside Pirates swept through the Nyssa Bulldogs, easily winning 25-11, 25-16, 25-11.
FOOTBALLCONDON-WHEELER 58, NIXYAAWII 14 - In Pendleton, the Knights had seven players reach pay dirt in a romp over the Golden Eagles.
Beset by penalties, 105 yards worth in the first half, the Knights relied on a strong rushing attack that netted 249 yards to grind out the win.
Sawyer Logan led the team with 68 yards on nine carries while Ryan Standiford added 59 on 13 and A.J. Irzyk rushed for 55 on six.
Freshman Billy Jaeger got in the action with almost all of the team's 189 passing yards, tossing four touchdowns.
Safety Cole MacInnes led the Knights on defense with seven and a half tackles while Standiford, Irzyk and Ben Logan each contributed six.
C-W 10 12 22 14 - 58
NIXYAAWII 0 0 8 6 - 14