Siuslaw soccer falls to more experienced Tillamook squad

Siuslaw junior midfielder #11 Kayden Lane eludes Cheesemaker defenders.

Cheesemakers score early and often, Viks fight hard to end

Sept. 18, 2021 — The Tillamook High School soccer team came to town on Monday night and didn’t take long to show the home crowd why they are the #3 ranked team in the 4A division. 

Sophomore goalie Derrick Vanduch managed to stop five of the Cheesemakers’ shots in the first half, but his teammates struggled to find scoring opportunities on the other goal. Tillamook snuck in four goals early and the score was 4-0 at halftime.

Siuslaw’s toughness was never in question, as the Vikings held their own against a very physical Cheesemaker team. 

The team came out strong in the second half, tightening up their defense and holding Tillamook to just one more goal. Senior Kayden Lane took over in goal and saved four shots while only letting one goal through.  

It had been 12 days since the Vikings had played a game, and some rust was evident, something that won’t be a problem starting next week when Sky-Em League play begins. Starting with the opener at Marist, in Eugene, on Sept. 20, Siuslaw will play two games every week, through the end of the season, on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Though a loss is always tough, Coach Londi Tomaro looks at it as an opportunity to see what her team needs to work on for the next week before league play begins. 

“Overall, our team played well and showed good potential for the rest of the season. We’ll focus on first touches, controlling the ball in the air, and passing out of trouble,” said Tomaro. 

The highlight of the evening was the play of Siuslaw’s junior varsity team, who got their first win of the season by beating Tillamook’s JV 5-2.

Tomaro said, “The JV team worked very well together. The forwards, especially, had great passing sequences throughout the game and capitalized on scoring opportunities. Also, freshman Sawyer Larson did an incredible job in goal and kept many of their shots out of the net.”

Siuslaw was on the pitch Thursday night versus Pleasant Hill after press deadlines. The soccer team opens Sky-Em League play on Monday at Marist at 6:30 p.m.