The Astoria and Seaside girls soccer teams will both likely be in the state playoffs, as they race toward the top spots in the Cowapa League.
Seaside lost 0-2 last Thursday against Astoria at CMH Field.
Two goals in the final 15:04 of the first half was all Astoria needed, while the rest of the contest was a fairly even standoff.
The first 24 minutes was also evenly played, before Astoria drew a foul in the Seaside box and Karen Jimenez converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
At the 28:44 mark, Astoria’s Maddie Sisley used her track skills to race through two Seaside defenders and score past the keeper.
First half shots on goal by Seaside’s Kaylee Snyder and Emma Arden narrowly missed the net, and second half attempts by Snyder and Grace Meyer were saved by Astoria freshman keeper Audrey Cereghino, who got the shutout in goal.
Seaside tuned up for last week’s Clatsop Clash with a 1-0 win over visiting Tillamook, in Cowapa League girls soccer action last Tuesday.
No. 7-ranked Valley Catholic snapped a 0-0 tie with a goal in the 65th minute Monday night at Seaside’s Broadway Field, the only goal in the Valiants’ 1-0 win over the Gulls in a Cowapa League girls soccer game.
“We put good pressure on them at the end but couldn’t find the net,” said Seaside coach Dave Rouse, whose team (3-3 in league) remained in third place behind the Valiants (6-0) and Astoria (3-1-2).