PHS boys soccer: Mark Grimmer

Philomath's Mark Grimmer, seen here last season, scored twice Saturday against Gladstone.

Philomath set the tone in the opening seconds.

The Warriors scored on their first possession of the game from the kick-off, added another in the 10th minute and didn’t budget on defense in a 2-0 victory Saturday over visiting Gladstone.

The victory evens Philomath High School’s record at 1-1 after the Warriors had endured a tough 3-2 loss in the season opener two days earlier.

Mark Grimmer, a sophomore forward, scored both goals. On the first one, Philomath kicked off at the opening whistle, made four passes and junior Nick Stucki found Grimmer, who finished at about 20 seconds in.

Gladstone’s first touch of the ball was fishing it out of the back of the net.

“We’re dangerous; our forwards are strong,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said. “We’re sorting through some defensive transition issues. We’re already playing better soccer than last year.”

Grimmer scored the second goal on a flick from junior Julius Hoffman.

Gladstone (0-2) opened with a 5-0 loss to Stayton, which was later changed to a 1-0 forfeit because the Gladiators used an ineligible player.

Philomath now turns its attention to an early Oregon West Conference matchup against Stayton. The contest is scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. start Tuesday on the Warriors’ home field.

Philomath 2, Gladstone 0

Saturday at Philomath

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GLADSTONE (0-2)     0   0 — 0

PHILOMATH (1-1)      2   0 — 2

First half — 1, Philomath, Mark Grimmer (Nick Stucki), 1st minute; 2, Philomath, Mark Grimmer (Julius Hoffman), 10th minute.

Junior Varsity

Gladstone 4, Philomath 1

Saturday at Philomath

GLADSTONE     2   2 — 4

PHILOMATH      1   0 — 1

PHS goals — 1, Dawson Beckstead, 30th minute.

Team notes: The JV team goes to 0-1-1 on the season. … Gladstone scored in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead before Beckstead tied it up with his goal. … The Gladiators took a 2-1 lead in at the half and scored twice more in the middle of the second half. … The JV roster features 13 freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors with some of the players also utilized as swing players up to the varsity. … The Warriors play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home against Stayton.

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