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Columbia High Soccer Bows Out Of State With 5-2 First-Round Loss

Sophomore forward Ivan Cortes and Hoquiam’s Alex PugaDeLaRosa battle for possession of the ball along the sideline. Hoquiam went on to win the district title with a 2-1 victory over Seton Catholic last Saturday.

Sophomore forward Ivan Cortes and Hoquiam’s Alex PugaDeLaRosa battle for possession of the ball along the sideline. Hoquiam went on to win the district title with a 2-1 victory over Seton Catholic last Saturday. Photo by Sverre Bakke.

A seventh consecutive WIAA Class 1A soccer tournament appearance ended in defeat for Columbia High’s boys team.

On Tuesday, the Bruins lost in the first round for the third year in a row, this time to a team they had never played: University Prep of Seattle, by a score of 5-2.

CHS sophomore forward Ivan Cortes scored the match’s first goal, but the Pumas tallied the next three to take a 3-1 halftime lead.

Columbia ends the 2014 season with a record of 11 wins, 8 losses, under fifth-year Bruins Coach Christopher Cramer.

Columbia 6, La Center 2: The Bruins and the Wildcats met for the third time this season last Saturday, in a winner-to-state, loser-out match of the Southwest District tournament at Kalama High School.

Columbia lost both league matches to La Center, which won this year’s Trico title and lost only two of 16 matches during the season.

In the rubber match, the Bruins played at the top of their game in qualifying for their seventh consecutive WIAA state tournament.

Hoquiam 3, Columbia 1: The Evergreen League champions never trailed in their district semifinal match against the Bruins last Thur-sday in Kalama.

The Grizzlies scored in the 18th minute when Alex PugaDeLaRosa took a pass on the run and launched a shot from the top of the 18-yard box under close checking. Forty seconds later, Hoquiam went on top 2-0 when Osiel Rivera headed home PugaDeLaRosa’s corner kick.

CHS senior Gabe Guzman cut the deficit in half in the 26th minute with a free kick from the left wing that he took quickly, before Hoquiam’s defense had time to reset. Hoquiam goalkeeper Tahj Malone got a hand on the slow-bouncing ball and deflected it to the far post, but the shot went into the goal before it could be cleared by a defender.

Guzman got another free kick in the 31st minute after junior forward Luis Pascual got knocked to the ground by a Hoquiam defender at the top of the box. Guzman’s kick, however, sailed over the crossbar and out of bounds.

Sophomore forward Ivan Cortes appeared to have tied the match at 2-2 in the 35th minute during a tightly contested 1-on-2 break. The referee waived the goal off and called a pushing foul on Cortes.

Justin Yi of Hoquiam tallied the only goal of the second half, collecting a turn-over near midfield in the 51st minute and finishing the 1-on-3 break with a shot from the right wing to just inside the far post.

The Grizzlies sat on their two-goal advantage the rest of the way, hunkering down on defense and clogging the middle with nine defenders to stifle the Bruins’ passing game.

For the match, CHS outshot Hoquiam, 13-12, including 7-6 in shots on target.

Columbia 3, at Toledo/Winlock 2: The Bruins notched the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute on May 13, then held on to advance to the semifinal round of the Southwest District Tournament.

Columbia scored the opening round match’s first goal with a long shot in the eighth minute, but fell behind 2-1 when United tallied goals in the 13th and 18th minutes. The score at halftime was 2-1.

The Bruins evened the score at the outset of the second half, netting a goal off a corner kick in the 46th minute.

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