Boys soccer loses final homestand to Newport

Sweet Home’s boys soccer team played its last home game in a 5-1 loss to Newport Monday that Coach Al Grove didn’t mince words over.

The match was characterized by rough play, a style that the Cubs are known for, Grove said. The officials did little to keep either team reined in.

“It was ugly,” Grove said. “The referees should have stayed home, the little that they did.

They didn’t control the game. Newport is very rough. ”

Newport opened with a pair of goals and led 2-0 at halftime. Sweet Home’s Alex Santana got into a one-on-one situation with the goalie early in the second half and scored Sweet Home’s only goal with a shot into the far side of the net.

It didn’t slow the Cubs down much, though Grove said the Huskies played better in the last 45 minutes.

“We did some good things in the second half,” he said, noting that the Huskies continued to put some pressure on Newport after Santana’s goal. “We controlled the ball on their end the whole time, but we just couldn’t get it in.”

Defensive lapses cost Sweet Home, he said.

“We had some goals scored on us that shouldn’t have been. But we put Isaiah Blake in the goal and he did a good job.”

Taft 7, Sweet Home 1

The Tigers showed why they are in second place in the league on Oct. 6, taking it to the Huskies.

“They lost 2-1 to Central, so that tells you how good they are,” Grove said.

The Huskies will face Central, Philomath and Taft, all on the road, to end their season.