Van Dyke's two goals lift Eagles to victory
DALLAS — Eagle Point got two first-half goals from Tyler Van Dyke, then relied on its defense in a physical second half to defeat Dallas, 2-1, in a Class 5A boys soccer play-in game Tuesday.
The Eagles (2-10-2) have a second-round play-in game Friday in Eugene against Churchill, the No. 2 team from the Midwestern League. The Lancers were 5A state champs two years ago.
Dallas (2-10) finished seventh in the Mid-Willamette Conference but moved out to a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a cross and a header.
It didn't take long for Van Dyke to answer.
In the 27th minute, the Eagles' senior chipped the goalie from the left corner of the box for an unassisted goal.
A minute before halftime, Van Dyke dribbled through a defender's legs, shot to the far post and had it carom in for a 2-1 lead.
"It was a typical game for Tyler," said EP coach Derek Dougherty. "He controlled the ball in the middle and had great distribution and made some great passes. We had several opportunities in the first half that we didn't capitalize on."
The second half turned defensive and rough. The Dragons received a couple yellow cards, said Dougherty, and didn't have a scoring opportunity.
"We kept them out," he said. "It was probably our best defensive game of the year, at least in the second half. I was proud that we kept our heads when they kind of got upset."
Cesar Espinoza led the way in his first full game on defense. He was moved there from forward after a tenacious trial run in practice.
"We wanted to see how he would do, and he wouldn't let anyone through," said Dougherty. "He's very physical, but he's small. He got beat up a lot, but he didn't let anyone through."
GRANTS PASS 3, FOREST GROVE 2 — At Grants Pass, Kevin Wilcox scored the go-ahead goal in the 50th minute and Grants Pass rallied to beat Forest Grove (2-10-3) in the Class 6A play-in game.
Matt Solar netted a goal on a Taylor Griggs assist in the 61st minute to put the Cavemen ahead 3-1. A misplay cost Grants Pass a goal in the 74th minute.
Forest Grove's Steve Penaloza scored the contest's first goal in the 25th minute. Griggs' goal on a Kevin Wilcox assist in the 43rd minute tied things up, and Wilcox's goal — on a Griggs assist — gave the Cavemen (8-5-1) the permanent lead.
MCKAY 6, CRATER 0 — At Salem, McKay came out strong and grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead in the Class 6A play-in contest against winless Crater.
Senior midfielders Adrian Rogger and Anthony Zamora played well for the Comets, who finished the season at 0-11.
ROGUE RIVER 1, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 0 — At Rogue River, Shaq Poston's second-half goal broke a scoreless tie and Rogue River secured a Class 3A state playoff berth.
The Chieftains (8-6) play at Creswell on Saturday to determine the district's Nos. 2 and 3 seeds at state.
Poston took a well-played ball from Jason Daly and finished from inside the penalty box in the 57th minute.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Donahue made nine saves in recording the shutout.
Rogue River received excellent performances from senior captain Mitchell Smith, junior forward Brian Stinchcomb and Andy Pelletier, a senior stopper.