After dominating much of the match, Auburn Riverside found an answer late in the second half and went on to secure a 2-0 victory over Roosevelt that sealed their spot in the 3A state quarterfinals.
In the 63rd minute, Riverside captain and top goal scorer Jordan Loomans broke through the Roosevelt back line, beating three players before sliding a goal to the back post under outstretched Roosevelt goalkeeper Porter Jones.
Despite being quiet much of the contest, the unassisted effort showed Loomans’ goal-scoring prowess, as the senior simply outclassed Roosevelt’s defensive third when it was needed most.
“Our first goal was a great individual effort and scrappy kind of goal by Jordan Loomans,” Auburn Riverside head coach Robyn Saarenas said.
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Later in the match, fellow captain Adrian Correa found his way onto the score sheet as well with a goal in the 72nd minute to extinguish any opportunity of a comeback for Roosevelt.
Correa, planted just outside the 6-yard box, was on the receiving end of a little luck as a corner was swung in and deflected out to the senior midfielder. Able to take a touch to control the ball without defensive pressure, Correa hit the close-range shot to the near post past the crowded face of the goal.
Outside of the two goal-scoring efforts, Riverside looked to be the more dangerous team throughout, as the Ravens hit the post twice in a matter of seconds with a flurry of shots in the 19th minute. The Ravens also had several number advantages going towards goal, but were unable to seize the moment.
“Certainly we’ve been in that spot where you have a lot of opportunities and maybe the other team gets a little less, but they capitalize on them,” Saarenas said. “Because we’ve had some of those moments, we really wanted to hit the reset button in the second half and come out and earn it. I think that’s exactly what we did.”
With the Roosevelt hurdle taken care of, Riverside will play the winner of Bainbridge against Glacier Peak in the quarterfinals. This is the Ravens’ longest playoff run since 2002, when the Saarenas-coached squad made it to the final four.