Creswell, Sports Zone

Soccer Dawgs down Hawks; state hunt heats up

A 4-2 win over the visiting La Pine Hawks on Oct. 10 has the Creswell Bulldogs boys’ soccer team in second place in Special District 3 team standings with a 6-1-2 record — a game behind league leader Santiam Christian (7-2) and a win ahead of third-place Pleasant Hill (6-2-2).
Julian Nuñez scored for the Bulldogs within the first five minutes, off an assist from Avel Garcia-Fetter.
The shot followed a series of crisp passes, as Nick Bronson passed up the field to Christian Tucker, who dished it out to Nuñez. Nuñez passed it back in to Garcia-Fetter, who gave it back to Nuñez for the scoring shot into the top right corner.
“Our passing was fantastic in the first half,” said Creswell Head Coach Brandi Wittenborn. “it was awesome.”
Tucker scored on a direct kick about 20 minutes in, and Brian Clowers then scored off a corner-kick deflection. “He literally came out of nowhere, because he was playing defense for us at the time,” Wittenborn said of Clowers.
La Pine scored on a long, high shot and Creswell led 3-1 at halftime.
The Bulldogs “started the second half a little flat,” Wittenborn said, “but picked it up again after La Pine scored again” — this time on a direct kick.
With the Dawgs leading 3-2, Nuñez punched in the final goal, following up after teammate Grant Marshall headed the ball.
Jaxson Wilkerson made nine saves in goal for Creswell.
With three games remaining and four teams — Santiam Christian, Creswell, Pleasant Hill and East Linn Christian (6-3) in close contention for the league’s two state playoff berths, the Bulldogs “are in a do-or-die situation,” Wittenborn said, in this week’s games against Santiam Christian and East Linn Christian.
“These wins are musts, because if we lose it drops us down,” Wittenborn said. “The only way to secure our fate is to win out.”



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