Okanogan moves on; Brewster soccer is out

Omak finishes beating Cashmere

MANSON – A young, shorthanded Brewster High School soccer team failed to advance past the opening round of the postseason, falling 3-1 to Manson on May 4 in the 1A/2B District 6/7 tournament.

“We don’t have an excuse,” Brewster coach Ernie Santos said.

Brewster was without four starters, who were not allowed to play after missing school Friday after getting home late from Quincy on Thursday night, Santos said.

Without his starting goalkeeper and at least one key scorer, Santos shuffled players around the best he could.


Omak’s Timothy Vincent works the ball against Cashmere.

Then Cesar Rendon went down with a knee injury that required his being taken to the hospital.

“I had to move people around, but I did not have enough people,” the coach said.

Antonio Sotelo scored Brewster’s goal in the second half.

It was learned Monday that Santos was voted the Coach of the Year in the North Central 2B League.

“I don’t know if I deserve it,” said Santos, who took the loss hard. “But I guess they know more than I do.”

“We knew we had to pressure the ball at the midfield and we did,” Manson coach Phil Thomas said. “Jesus Sanchez and Jesus Lopez really gave the Brewster defense a difficult time with their speed and attacks.”

Sanchez scored 2 goals and had an assist.

Lopez scored the other goal and assisted on 2 goals.

Manson goalkeeper Salvador Leyva finished with 9 saves.

The Trojans (15-2), the North Central 2B League champions, were to host Quincy (14-3) on Tuesday, May 7.

Also Tuesday, Okanogan is at Chelan.

The winners play a championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee, 1101 Millerdale Ave. The losers play at 3 p.m.

All four teams earn berths to the state 1A tournament that starts Wednesday, May 15, at higher seeded teams.


NINE MILE FALLS – Okanogan shocked Lakeside, 3-1, on May 4 and earned a berth to the state 1A soccer tournament.

“Most of the play was between the goal boxes and there were not many shots on goal by either team,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “Defensively, we did a great job of keeping them out of our goal box and limiting their shots especially in the second half.”

The Eagles scored in the 15th minute, which was countered in the 23rd minute when Justin Rivas scored on an assist from Fabian Rodriguez.

Okanogan led 2-1 at the half after Rivas scored unassisted in the 35th minute.

“The first half was very competitive, going back and forth,” Klepec said.

Neither team could dent the net in the second half until Jason Perez booted the ball home on an assist from Rivas in the 65th minute.

“In the second half, we began to take control of the game and possessed the ball the majority of the half,” Klepec said.

The Bulldogs (11-6) were to head to CTL champion Chelan (13-3) for a district semifinal game Tuesday, May 7.

Quincy is at Manson for the other semifinal.

The teams continue playing for four state berths with a consolation final at 3 p.m. and championship at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Apple Bowl, 1101 Millerdale Ave., in Wenatchee.


CHELAN – Chelan eliminated Bridgeport, 5-0, from the postseason May 4.

The Goats were to host Okanogan in district semifinals May 7.

The finals were to be Saturday, May 11, in Wenatchee.

Bridgeport finished the season 7-7 overall.


OMAK — The Omak High School soccer team showed how far it’s come this season by knocking off Cashmere, 3-2, in the final match of the regular season May 2.

“The season was a challenging one, but one that brought many small victories,” Omak coach Chris Werner said of the Pioneers, who finished 2-14 overall, 2-12 in league.

“Our guys took on the Cashmere Bulldogs in what the guys referred to as the ‘We don’t want to finish last game,’” Werner said.

The teams entered the fray, where the Pioneers honored its seniors, tied for the bottom of the Caribou Trail League.

Senior Matt Danielson celebrated his final game by putting Omak on the board on an assist by senior Lauro Rodriguez at the 15th minute.

Cashmere scored about 10 minutes before the half on an own goal. Omak goalkeeper cleared the ball off his line only to have it careen off Danielson’s head and back 25 yards over Hernandez’s head and into the goal.

“It was just one of those freak things,” Werner said.

Omak seniors included Danielson, Jose Gonzalez, Rodriguez, Luis Ortiz, Owen Clark, Jared DeGuzman and Hirotaka Moriyama.

Omak worked the ball down the outside before DeGuzman passed into the middle and Ortiz slotted it home for a 2-1 lead.

Cashmere responded a few moments later with a 25-yard shot that was deflected past Hernandez to tie the game.

Ortiz broke free with about 10 minutes remaining to take a pass from Rodriguez.

“In the one-on-one opportunity, the Cashmere goalkeeper came up with a great save,” Werner said. “(The ball) rolled out to a charging Alex Jasso, who slid it into the empty net” for the win.

“The guys were really inspired by Tim Vincent, who played the game with an injured ankle,” Werner said.


MANSON – North Central 2B League champion Manson got past Bridgeport, 5-2, to finish the season a perfect 9-0 in league play May 2.

The Trojans, who graduate 10, came back strong late in the game.

The Mustangs closed to 3-2 before Manson put the game away.

“We had two mistakes and Bridgeport made us pay,” Manson coach Phil Thomas said.


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