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PHS boys soccer: Andrew Mecham

Philomath's Andrew Mecham got around Stayton's goalkeeper on this play but then had to try to find the net at a difficult angle. On the ensuing shot, a Stayton defense was able to deflect the ball way from the net.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Philomath High’s soccer programs had quite the day yesterday with the boys pushing Stayton to the limit and the girls scoring with 17 seconds remaining to tie the Eagles on the road.

With the boys playing on the home field, the Warriors had me believing that they might be able to pull off a win as the score remained 0-0 deep into the contest. Avoiding the early hole was important and Philomath was not in a constant defensive, but had decent chances to break through with a goal. Mark Grimmer and Andrew Mecham both had good looks at the net.

The PHS boys have a pretty good team this season, I’m convinced that they can play with the top teams. But geez, they just play in such a difficult conference.

“If we can get out of our bracket, I think we can do damage but our league is brutal,” PHS coach Dave Ellis said after the 2-0 loss to the Eagles. “You’ve got two, three teams that could win state out of this league.”

In other news, Trevin Del Nero is now on the roster and he scored a goal in yesterday’s junior varsity game. Del Nero is a speedster and one of the top hurdlers in 4A. With his athleticism, don’t be surprised to see him with the varsity in the near future.

The girls, meanwhile, had a pretty late night up at Stayton. The game was delayed because of lightning strikes in the area. Stayton had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but the Warriors were actually the more aggressive of the two offenses with a decided edge when it comes to shots on goal.

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In the 80th minute, Alivia Pittman buried a shot with an assist to Halle Hewitt.

The 4A coaches’ poll for girls soccer this week showed Philomath ranked No. 7. Despite the 0-2 start, the Warriors lost by one goal each to No. 2 Hidden Valley and No. 3 Gladstone.

Philomath’s volleyball team also played at Stayton Tuesday night. As I write this late Tuesday night, I have no details but the Warriors won in straight sets. Both the girls soccer and volleyball teams will play at home Thursday against Sweet Home.

The coaches’ poll in football shows Banks at No. 1. Cascade moved up three spots to No. 5.

The JV team opened its season Monday at Clemens Field with a 24-6 win against Junction City.

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

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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