Boardmans Riverside High is consistently one of the top soccer programs in the region, and Umatilla coach Pedro Ortiz is no stranger to their success.
In a tight, back-and-forth matchup Saturday in Boardman, Umatilla came away with a 2-2 draw against the Pirates.
We are feeling good to tie a leam like Riverside, Ortiz said Monday.
Umatilla opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a Diego Salvana goal and took an early 1-0 lead, but the Pirates answered with a goal to end the first half tied at one.
Daniel Ayala gave the Vikings their second lead 25 minutes into the second half and it looked like Umatilla might make the trip back up I-84 as victors, but the Pirates put one into the net with less than five minutes left to even the scoring at 2 apiece.
Ortiz said neither team was able to take control, with Riversides defense withstanding a barrage of Viking chances in the second half.
To tie with a team like Riverside one of the top teams (in the state) is great, Ortiz said. The kids keep working. Maybe next time we can beat them.
Umatilla plays again at 6 p.m. Thursday at McLoughlin Union Thursday before a 1 p.m. Saturday matchup against Culver in Umatilla.