With its seventh and eighth shutout victories of the season last week, Columbia High clinched its third consecutive SWW 1A League boys soccer championship.
Last Thursday’s 8-0 win over Montesano in Bruin Stadium was the Bruins’ 13th straight overall and tied the program’s record for shutouts in a single season.
Columbia (13-1) closed out its regular-season schedule Thursday night with a home match against Rochester. Next Thursday in Kalama, CHS plays La Center or Forks for the Southwest District’s No. 1 seed in the 2009 Class 1A Tournament.
In CHS’s rematch with Montesano on the last night of April, Aaron Cabrera’s hat trick led the way.
Cabrera scored in the ninth, 24th and 50th minutes of play, with assists from Ramon Villanueva, Mark Lovrin and Javier Ortiz to become the team’s leading goal scorer to date. Cabrera also recorded an assist in the 18th minute, on a goal by Hector Barajas.
“Aaron played all night against Monte’s physical defender and really had to work for his chances,” Bruins Coach Peter Knowles noted. “His assist on our second goal shows how he is looking at the whole field even as he continues to score goals.”
Ricardo Sandoval, Louy Lerebourg and Andres Herrera tallied unassisted goals for CHS. Knowles was especially pleased by the manner in which Sandoval and Lerebourg got theirs.
“Ricardo’s and Louy’s goals were both off long free kicks—the first goals off of ‘set plays’ that we’ve scored this season,” Knowles noted. “This is an area of the game that could really pay off once we reach the playoffs; for all the goals we’ve scored this year (86), almost all have been from the run of play. It was good to see a few come from dead-ball opportunities.”
Knowles also praised the play of defender Jose Briones, who has gotten better and better since his mid-season call-up from the junior varsity. Said his coach: “Jose had another strong game against some solid forwards.”
Columbia 12, at Castle Rock 0: Ramon Villanueva scored two goals and made two assists, Aaron Cabrera had two goals and one assist, and Finn Anderson assisted on two goals in the Bruins’ April 28 victory over the winless Rockets.
Other highlights for CHS included Carlos Mendoza, Enrique Garcia and Noe Salazar each scoring his first varsity goal, and Kevin Oriz securing a shutout in his first varsity match at goalkeeper.