BOARDMAN: For all of 10 minutes, Riverside aberrantly found itself on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Delphian — a Scientology-based school out of Special District 3 — put the Pirates in a short-lived crevice when freshman Colin Koenig snuck one by goalkeeper Flavio Betancourt in the fourth minute.

Riverside emphatically answered by scoring the 3A first-round playoff contest’s next 10 goals, peppering the Dragons in a 10-1 rout Tuesday night.

The No. 2 Pirates (12-1-1) advanced to the quarterfinals where they will host No. 8 Blanchet Catholic (10-4-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m.

 Edgar Rodriguez, Alex Madrigal and Jose Amaya each had two goals for Riverside, which saw seven different players scorch the net.

“I knew we’d bounce back,” senior midfielder?Francisco Velasquez said “They got a lucky bounce and it took us about 10 minutes to wake up.”

When Riverside’s frenetic offense got into its usual flow, it overwhelmed Delphian keeper Kevin Li and the Dragons’ defenders.

Rodriguez ended the Pirates’ early drought by skying above a pair of defenders on a corner kick. His header got past Li to make it a 1-1 contest in the 12th.

Three minutes later, Garcia kicked a laser from 35 yards out to give the Pirates their first lead.

The scoring deluge had commenced.

 “Coming in, we had the mentality that they were Goliath and we were David,” said Delphian coach Cody Seymour. “They’re a well-coached team with a lot of speed.”

Hans Rockwell, Alexis Mendoza, Jose Amaya and Rene Ramos all scored before the half to make it lopsided 6-1 at intermission.

Riverside coach Francisco Velasquez Sr. was impressed with his team’s bounce-back mentality, but knows the margin of error will be slimmer this weekend

“By (giving up the goal), it just means we have to play better,” Velasquez Sr. said. “We have (Blanchet Catholic) coming in. So we have to keep it up. We’re working hard. Everyone had worked hard all week.”

Delphian (6-7-3), the No. 4 seed out of its league and 21st-ranked team in the state, was shutout in the second half.

The Dragons were limited to just four shots on goal in the latter half — nine total — and Betancourt finished the night with eight saves.

Amaya opened the second half with a goal before Rodriguez scored his second of the night in the 67th minute on a cross from Velasquez to make it 8-1.

Madrigal, just a freshman, scored two goals in the final three minutes put an exclamation mark on the blowout.

“Delphian was a good team,” the young Velasquez said. “For us to be able to get a result like that is a good feeling.”

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Contact Ryan Collingwood at rcollingwood@eastoregonian.com or (541) 966-0839.

 

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