Unless there was a draw, one team would earn its first Mountain Valley Conference victory of the season.
There was no draw.
Mountain View picked up the boys soccer conference win and beat Bend High for the first time since 2016.
The Cougars (3-7-2 overall, 1-4 MVC) got two goals from senior Pablo Cerezuela Frigard to end their four-game losing streak, beating the Lava Bears (0-12, 0-5) 2-1 on a frigid Friday evening at Mountain View High School.
“It’s always hard to play Bend High because it’s always so emotional,” said Mountain View coach Donnie Emerson. “We got a couple of good finishes early and we are definitely happy to get our first league win for sure.”
Cerezuela Frigard, an exchange student from Spain, broke free from the Lava Bears’ back line to end the scoreless tie in the 11th minute when his shot got past Bend goalie Seth Lockard.
“He’s played steady for us all year,” Emerson said. “He’s a good finisher, smart, calm in front of the goal and he finishes like that all the time.”
The Lava Bears had a chance to even the score early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty kick. But Justin Waybright’s kick required little movement for Mountain View goalkeeper Ethan Mawdsley to save. Emerson said it was Mawdsley’s first PK save of the season.
“That save on the PK totally changed the game,” Emerson said. “If they score there, I don’t know if we score again. That was a huge save by Mawdsley.”
“If (Waybright) had scored, things were going to change a lot,” Cerezuela Frigard said. “It was really good for everyone.”
While the Cougars thought the save shifted momentum to their side, Bend coach Nils Eriksson did not think that was the case.
“There was plenty of time left,” Eriksson said. “I thought we were playing well to create chances.”
However, Cerezuela Frigard found the back of the net for the second time midway though the second half.
A match that could have been tied became a two-goal advantage for the Cougars.
“That was a bummer,” Eriksson said. “They scored on something that shouldn’t happen. That’s kinda been the issue with us this year. We make some mistakes and the other teams have been able to take advantage of it too much.”
Bend got on the scoreboard in stoppage time on a corner kick when Ethan Endter’s kick hooked (perhaps aided by the stiff breeze) into the goal to bring the Lava Bears to within a score.
Unfortunately for the winless Lava Bears, the final whistle blew moments later.
Mountain View finishes the season with road games against Summit on Tuesday and McNary on Friday, while Bend hosts McNary on Wednesday before wrapping up the season on the road at South Salem on Friday.
“You play the game to play the game,” Eriksson said. “I was proud. The kids come to practice every day with a good attitude and they get after it. I’m proud of them because it would be easy to hang their heads and give up. I’m really proud of them for that.”
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