PHS boys soccer: Mark Grimmer

Mark Grimmer takes the ball downfield moments before scoring his first goal Tuesday against Sweet Home.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Don’t ever be late to your son’s soccer game.

That was what happened with Mark Grimmer’s dad yesterday when the Warriors took the field for an Oregon West Conference battle with Sweet Home. It wasn’t really much of a battle, to be honest, with Philomath winning, 12-0.

Grimmer scored three goals in the game’s first 4 minutes. Dad walked up just as he was scoring his third goal — although he thought it was his first. But in reality, his son had achieved hat trick status in extremely quick fashion and even scored a fourth goal in the opening seconds of the second half.

I have a feeling he’ll have plenty of other opportunities to see his son score goals in the future. Mark’s only a sophomore.

By the way, I had an interesting thought while watching Philomath beat Sweet Home. On one play, Nick Stucki and Andrew Mecham appeared to kick the ball at the same time toward the net. It went right to the goalkeeper, but who would’ve been credited with the goal had it gone in? Maybe it’s like a sack in football when two guys tackle the QB at the same time — they each get a half sack. Half goal? (I’m kidding).

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The boys soccer coaches poll came out yesterday and Stayton is No. 1 with Woodburn right behind at No. 2. For a lot of people who follow the sport closely, it seems silly that Woodburn isn’t in the top spot. The Bulldogs are generally identified as the team to beat again this year in 4A, some believing they should be competing in 5A where they also win titles. But, Stayton beat Woodburn, 1-0, earlier this season. But then again, Stayton then lost to Cascade, 1-0. (I’ve been told that the losing teams in both of those games played a man short after an early red card). We’ll see what happens in next week’s rematch between the Bulldogs and Eagles.

In the girls’ poll, Philomath dropped a spot down to No. 9 after the tie against Woodburn and win over Stayton. Woodburn is ranked No. 6 — up three spots from the previous week — and the Eagles debuted in the poll at No. 10.

That Philomath-Woodburn girls game on Oct. 29 sure looks like it’ll be a fun one.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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