West Linn boys soccer needs extra time to advance


On a cold Saturday night, the West Linn Lions (11-1-2, 10-0 Three Rivers League) battled their way through two extra time periods to defeat the visiting North Salem Vikings (6-7-1, 4-3-1 Central Valley Conference) 2-0 at West Linn High School.

During the regular season soccer games only last 80 minutes (two 40 minute halves), and if after 80 minutes the game is tied, the game concludes in a tie. But in the playoffs if they are still tied after 80 minutes, two 10-minute periods of extra time are played in an attempt to break the tie; and if that fails then a best of five penalty shootout takes place.

The first 80 minutes featured many offensive chances by the Lions but no shots could find the back of the net.

“We had many chances in the final third of the field and they blocked a lot of shots,” Logan Fritts, senior forward, said. “[We] probably should have had a more attacking mindset.”

The scoring drought was broke in the first period of extra time by Brazilian exchange student Andres Goncalves, junior, who poked in a rebound of a shot to put the Lions up 1-0.

In the second period of extra time, Colton Hefty, sophomore, scored on a header to put the Lions up 2-0 and put the Vikings away for good.

The Lions, with the win, advance to the round of 16 and face familiar foe, Newberg Tigers (8-4-2, 6-4-2 Pacific Conference), who the Lions faced earlier in the season and tied 0-0 . This was the Lions last game that didn’t result in a win.

“We are going to come out hungry and want to get that [win],” Fritts said.

The Newberg game will take place on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at WLHS.