SILVERTON — Making good on nearly every opportunity that came its way, No. 6 Silverton dispatched No. 11 Ridgeview 5-0 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Class 5A boys soccer state playoffs.
The Ravens, co-champions of the Intermountain Conference and the league’s No. 2 playoff representative, had given up only nine goals in their 13 previous games this season.
“Just one of those things,” said Ridgeview coach Jimmy Kim, who was looking to get his team to the 5A quarterfinal round for the second year in a row. “They converted all of their chances, and we couldn’t.”
By Kim’s count, Silverton (9-2-3), the No. 2 team from the Mid-Willamette Conference, had only three shots on goal that did not find the net.
“We definitely possessed the ball more than they did,” said Kim, who credited his midfielders — senior Jose Robles, junior Marques Montanez and sophomore Evan Newell — for keeping the ball in the Foxes’ end of the field for most of the match.
Britton Ullan scored two goals for Silverton, which led 2-0 at halftime.
“Once we got behind and tried to catch up, they got us when we pushed our formation,” said Kim. “And they finished their chances. That was the difference.”
The Ravens finished with an overall record of 11-3, a mark that included a total of eight shutouts and seven scoreless defensive performances during an eight-game October winning streak that pushed them into the playoffs.
—Bulletin staff report