The Riverside boys soccer team continued its dominance, and shut out Umatilla, 7-0. The Pirates (10-0 overall, 4-0 Special District 4) came out hot, scoring five of their goals in the first half.
Umatilla has struggled as of late, and pushed its losing skid to four games after this road loss. The Vikings (1-9-1, 1-3) can look forward to facing Irrigon, the only league team they have beat this season.
Riverside’s regular season will stretch on, as the Pirates have four more games to play before the playoffs. First up a non-league opponent, Prescott (WA) on Monday. Riverside will have a quick turnaround and travel to Nyssa just five days later.
Riverside hosted Umatilla on Saturday and were able to come back from its 1-0 loss just four days earlier. The Pirates shut out the Knights, 3-0, and moved to 6-2-2 on the season and 3-0-1 in the league.
Riverside sits in first place with a one-game lead, and are facing a must-win situation for its next match. The Pirates will travel to Nyssa to take on the Bulldogs, who are trying to knock Riverside out of playoff contention.
Only one team from the Special District 2 will advance into the postseason.
If Umatilla wants a chance they will have to turn its season around and win out. The Vikings (2-6-3, 1-1-2) will take a break from league play and face Portland Christian/Columbia Christian at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.
NYSSA 4, IRRIGON 1 — The Bulldogs did damage on the road and earned a much needed victory to keep playoff hopes alive. While Nyssa did let one by, its three goals in the second half sealed the deal and moved them into second place in the league.
The Bulldogs (2-4-1 overall, 2-1-1 Special District 2) had not seen a win since their Sept. 23 victory over Irrigon. They will need to keep the momentum past their non-league match up next week if Nyssa wants to see the playoffs.
The Knights (2-8-1, 0-4) have yet to win a league game and will only have two more chances to do so. Irrigon will have a whole week to recover, and host Umatilla on Saturday.
The Hermiston Bulldogs competed in one of their last meets before they enter post season, the George Fox XC Classic on Saturday.
The boy’s team ran in the 5,000-meter varsity silver race, and finished seventh with 171 points.
Once again, Hermiston was led by its No. 1 runner, senior Isaac Sanchez. Sanchez finished in eighth place, clocking 16:31.17. The field was stacked with many fast runners, as the first two ran sub-16. The next Bulldog to finish was just shy of the top-25. Senior Emanuel Ibarra placed 26th in 17:10.09
Hermiston will run in the Kyle Burnside Wildhorse Invite. Heppner, Pendleton, Riverside-Irrigon, Stanfield, Umatilla, Weston-McEwen and others will be joining the Bulldogs.
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