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Saturday, February 27, 2021

UPDATED: Taft welcomes Sutherlin to Class 3A with boys soccer win; girls fall

Photos by Lon French

Sutherlin High stepped down in class from 4A to 3A with mixed results Thursday, losing to Taft in boys play, but winning in girls action in season-opening soccer matches at Voris Field.

The Taft boys deployed heavy offensive artillery in defeating Sutherlin 9-1 after building a 6-0 halftime lead, but the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 6-1 in girls play.

Despite the rout, Taft boys coach RYan Ulicni identified several areas his team will work on as it prepares for its league opener Tuesday at Salem Academy.

“Sutherlin had a great defensive setup, which made it difficult to find our way through,” he said. “Their control and distribution from the back to their midfield caused us some problems in the beginning.”

Frequent substitutions and increased communication kept the Bulldogs on the defensive, the first-year coach said.

“I’m not the coach that will be loud from the sidelines. If something needs to be adjusted, I feel that a simple substitution can work. The players on the bench are just as important as the ones starting. I’ve also left it to the players to fix it on the field with communication, which they did.”

Despite being the season opener, the Tigers benefited from the breakneck speed of the game, he said.

“Not only did these young men play with aggressiveness and speed, they also managed to control the pace of the game, which was a very fast pace” he said. “Our team does not have much in the way of height, but they more than make up for that in speed and heart. Their no-quit attitude all the way to that last minute was fantastic. Nobody could ask for more.”

Ulicni warned not to be misled by the final score or the level of the competition, that all of his team’s goals were earned.

“I know that some will look at the scoreline and say it was a blowout,” he said. “Some might say, ‘Well, it’s nothing newer than last year.’ I think everyone expected us to walk away with a win. What they might not be seeing is the change in the ‘quality of goals.’ I don’t believe any of those goals were a lucky break or a fortunate bounce. They earned every goal and every shot. This game was all theirs. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Sutherlin was playing for the first time since joining the Class 3A Far West League this season after competing in the Class 4A Sky-Em Conference last year. The Bulldogs boys team went 1-12-1 overall and 0-9-1 in league last season, while the girls placed second at 8-5-2, 6-2-2.

The girls team didn’t learn it would be playing Thursday until late Wednesday morning when Sutherlin was announced as a late replacement for Portland Christian, which only had nine girls.

“Sutherlin had some talent,” said Taft girls coach Joey Arce-Torres.

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 halftime lead before junior Ella Knott notched the Tigers’ only goal from a corner kick early in the second half.

“We missed a couple of opportunities and gave up an own-goal,” Arce-Torres said of the first-half deficit. “We had the momentum and many scoring opportunities [to start the second half], but failed to capitalize when we had them on their heels.”

Taft’s fourth-year head coach said seniors Melody Diggs and Lydia Prins and junior Fatima Lupercio put forth solid defensive efforts.

“It was a big learning experience for us before we start conference play [Tuesday at Salem Academy/Crosshill Christian],” he said. “Sutherlin was just too physical and too organized for us today. We will lick our wounds and come out battling on Tuesday.”

Arce-Torres said he was extremely appreciative of the program’s fan base, which gathered early to watch the boys endowment game prior to his team’s opener.

Taft Boys Roster


D Genaro Flores 12

D Jacob Mayoral 12

GK William Brooks 12

D Abayomi Estib Hernandez-Melo 11

F Edson Fuentes 11

M Kaden Wright 11

M Adam Lasanco 10

F Alex Del Valle 10

D Ivan Cortez 10

M Jose Flores 10

M Joseph Cruz 10

D Joseph Kavadas 10

M Kevin Acosta-Lopez 10

D Logan Christianson 10

M Mauricio Rivas 10

M Rafa Perez 10

M William Calderon 10

M Adrian Garcia 9

D Angel Islas 9

D Brock Maiden 9

M Caleb Riah Cortes 9

GK Christofer Ochoa 9

D Ethan Thomas 9

D Ethan Unruh 9

GK Ian Loney 9

D Jeff Nunes 9

D Juan-Jose Lupercio 9

D Riley Ellis 9

M Sam Cortes 9

F Sammy Vasquez 9

Taft Schedule

8/30 vs. Sutherlin, W 9-1

9/4 4:15 p.m. @ Salem Academy

9/6 4 p.m. vs. Blanchet Catholic

9/10 4 p.m. @ Yamhill-Carlton

9/13 4:30 p.m. @ Dayton

9/19 4:15 p.m. @ Western Christian/Perrydale

9/21 4:15 p.m. vs. Gervais

9/26 6:15 p.m. vs. Delphian

9/27 6 p.m. vs. Salem Academy

10/3 4:15 p.m. @ Blanchet Catholic

10/5 6 p.m. vs. Yamhill-Carlton

10/9 6:30 p.m. vs. Dayton

10/11 6 p.m. vs. Western Christian/Perrydale

10/17 4:15 p.m. @ Gervais

10/19 4:15 p.m. @ Delphian

Class 3A/2A/1A/ Boys Special District 2

LeagueOverallGoals ScoredGoals AllowedOSAA Ranking
Taft (3A)0-01-0910
Gervais (2A)0-00-1050
Western Christian /Perrydale (2A)0-00-1020
Blanchet Catholic (3A)
Dayton (3A)
Delphian (2A)
Salem Academy (3A)
Yamhill-Carlton (3A)

Sutherlin Boys Roster

Andre LittlebearGK9
1Joaquin VicencioGK12
3Andrick Cardenas-GilM9
6Tyler ClementF/M10
7Matthew CarrilloF10
8Dalton WhelchelM/D11
9Collin BodineM/F10
10Aldo AlcantarM11
11Keith SorensonD10
12Trevin WattmanF/M10
13Jacob CarrilloD/M10
14Garrett EdwardsF11
15Andrew MunseyD10
17Derek MossF/D9
22Connor CooleyD/F9
25Christian AndersonM/D11

Taft Girls Roster

2Ella KnottM/F115-5
3Kaydince BeachM/D95-1
4Keara GagnetD/F115-6
5Fatima LupercioD/M115-10
6Magali CamarenaD/M95-4
7Ariel TaylorD105-4
8Yuritzi Cuellar-PachecoM/D105-2
9Ana OrtizM/D125-2
11Aubrey SciarrottaF/M95-2
12Avery NightingaleD/F105-5
13Nicole ReyesGK/F95-2
14Tristan BradleyGK/D105-5
15Chloe PetersonF/M95-4
16Kadence JamesF/M95-10
17Melody DiggsD/M125-2
18Maria CamarenaM/M115-3
19Sammy HalfertyF/M115-10
20Alexia AlmarezD/M115-4
22Lydia PrinsD/M125-5
23Sayge UlrichD/M95-7
29Lucy ReyesM/D95-2

Sutherlin Girls Roster

Abby MasterfieldF/M11
Kirstyn ThomasD11
Mariah SummersM10
Jadyn VermillionF10
Sidney WilliamsF9
Karliegh SchoonoverD9
Shakiya CandelariaF11
Gracie ThurmanD9
Tegan SchoonoverD12
Litzi Aguirre PinaD9
Isabelle CummingsD10
Megan CarrilloF/M
Kiersten HainsGK11
Ashlyn SophiaD10
Alyssa McCormickD11
Caitlyn PowellF9
Kaylei BurdettF10
Madison BrownM10

Taft Girls Schedule

9/30 vs. Sutherlin, L 6-1

9/4 @ Salem Academy/Crosshill Christian

9/10 @ Yamhill-Carlton

9/13 @ Dayton

9/17 @ Western Christian/Perrydale

9/20 vs. Gervais

9/25 vs. Amity

9/27 vs. Salem Academy/Crosshill n

10/5 vs. Yamhill-Carlton

10/9 vs. Dayton

10/11 vs. Western Christian/Perrydale

10/15 @ Gervais

10/18 @ Amity

Class 3A/2A/1A Girls Special District 2

LeagueOverallGoals ScoredGoals AllowedOSAA Ranking
Yamhill-Carlton (3A)1-01-0320
Blanchet Catholic (3A)1-01-0700
Taft (3A)0-00-1160
Western Christian/Perrydale (2A)0-11-1640
Amity (3A)0-10-1070
Dayton (3A)
Gervais (2A)
Salem Academy/Crosshill. Christian (3A)


Jim Fossum
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Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


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