A close game decided by a last-minute goal put a win in 4A Newport’s column as they defeated the Tigers 2-1 at Voris Field Tuesday.
Junior Mario Cortes scored Taft’s lone goal to tie the game in the second half, but Newport scored again in bonus time to seal the victory.
“We played the second half better than the first,” Head Coach Ryan Ulicni said. “If you can improve in the second half that’s what you really want.”
Taft attacked Newport’s goal in the second half, making Senior Alberto Rodriguez work overtime. Rodriguez fended off all but Cortes’ goal from 10 yards out.
“It’s always tough playing Newport our cross-town rival,” Ulicni said. “Of course we’re upset with the loss, but it’s what happens. We beat them, they beat us…it was a good match.”
The Tigers had one last chance to tie the game at the very end, but the kick from Cortes was saved by Rodriguez as time expired.
Newport plays next at 6 p.m. Sept. 9, at home against Tillamook. Taft was scheduled to face Catlin Gabel Sept. 10, however, the game has been canceled. The Tigers will continue their OSAA schedule in Seaside at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 16 for a non-league game.