The Philomath High School boys soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision Tuesday night at North Marion in a key Oregon West Conference matchup.
The Huskies scored in the 79th minute to take the victory.
"The second half was very intense," PHS coach Anton Grube said. "I felt that we were able to generate some quality chances and had a few called back by the officials as off-side. Unfortunately, they were able to get a goal late in the game off a ball that bounced around in front of our goal from a cross."
Edgar Lopez, who scored all six goals in North Marion's 6-3 win over Philomath Sept. 26, was again a challenge for the Warriors. Lopez got his team on the scoreboard with a goal late in the first half.
"No. 7 (Lopez) is a really good player," Grube said. "We were able to control his touches in the first half and keep him from any dangerous shots. He was able to get a shot off late in the first half that we were unable to handle."
Philomath scored first on an unassisted goal by foreign-exchange student Antoine Feld in the fourth minute.
"I was happy with the way our team came out and were aggressive in the first 20 minutes of the game," Grube said. "I felt that we dominated the first part of the game and obviously that showed with getting a goal early."
The Warriors are involved in a fight to qualify for a play-in match but Philomath will need to finish strong to be in the conversation. Philomath is now sitting in fifth place at 2-5-1 in the conference and has dropped to 3-6-3 overall.
The team will play Thursday at Cascade in a must-win situation for the Warriors. The Cougars are in fourth place at 3-5, a half-game ahead of the Warriors in the standings. Philomath is No. 21 in the most-recent OSAA rankings.
After dropping its first three games in league play, Philomath fought back to win two and tie one in its last four games heading into the North Marion match.
Cascade and Yamhill-Carlton remain on the schedule with the latter to occur Tuesday in the regular-season finale. Philomath defeated those two teams by a combined 11-0 on the first trip through league play.
North Marion improved to 4-4 in the conference and strengthened its hold on third place. The Huskies have games remaining against first-place Stayton and Cascade.
North Marion 2, Philomath 1
Tuesday at Aurora
PHILOMATH (3-6-3, 2-5-1) 1 0 — 1
NORTH MARION (4-7, 4-4) 1 1 — 2
First half — 1, Philomath, Antoine Feld, 4th minute; 2, North Marion, 36th minute.
Second half — 3, North Marion, 79th minute.
Newport 5, Philomath 3
Monday at Philomath
NEWPORT 2 3 — 5
PHILOMATH 2 1 — 3
PHS goals — 1, Quinton Garcia (Eli Bogatin), 15th minute; 2, Adam Hernandez (Quinton Garcia), 40th minute; 3, Eli Bogatin, 52nd minute.
Philomath 0, North Marion 0
Tuesday at Aurora
PHILOMATH 0 0 — 0
NORTH MARION 0 0 — 0
Team notes: Philomath goes to 4-7-1 on the season. ... In the loss to Newport, the Warriors tied the game 3-3 on an Eli Bogatin goal but the Cubs finished strong for the victory. ... "It was a really exciting and intense game that we kept coming back from but were never able to get the go-ahead goal," JV coach Matt Konkler said. ... In the scoreless tie against the Huskies, the game was called early because of darkness. ... "We stuck to our game plan and had a couple good chances at goal but just could not score," Konkler said. ... The JV Warriors will end the season at home Tuesday against Yamhill-Carlton.