Brewster beats Newport, faces Connell in state playoffs

Bears senior midfielders Carlos Talavera (7), left, and Edgar Najera (10) pursue the ball near the Brewster goal on Tuesday, May 9.

BREWSTER – The Bears varsity soccer team powered a third-place District 5/6 finish and 2B/1A crossover victory last week into the first round of state playoffs at and against 1A SCAC District champ, Connell, scheduled for last Tuesday, May 16.
Following a loss to Chelan, May 9, the Bears beat Cashmere, May 11, and crossover opponent Newport, May 13, to stay alive for the state competition this weekend.
The visiting Chelan Goats pulled out a narrow 4-3 win over the Central Washington B League-leading Bears in a bruising physical District match last Tuesday, May 9.
It was the third game in District 6/7 competition between Chelan, ranked No. 2 in the 1A Caribou Trail League, and the undefeated Bears, ranked No. 1 in the CWB.
“We were ahead, 3-0,” said coach Jenner Sanon, “but our guys relaxed because they thought they had the game won and Chelan caught us in the second half.”
Jose Gomez and Brady Busching each scored a goal for Brewster in the first half. Gomez scored again in the second to make it 3-0 before Chelan caught fire and burned the Bears by a goal.
Earlier, Chelan defeated No. 3 Oroville, 4-0, in game one of Districts on May 5 to advance to meet the Bears on their home field four days later. In game two, also on May 9, Cashmere lost to Cascade of Leavenworth, 2-1, to set up the championship match between the Goats and Grizzlies at the Apple Cup in Wenatchee, Thursday, May 11. Brewster played CTL No. 4 Cashmere at the Apple Cup earlier that day for third and fourth place,
Cascade edged Chelan, 2-1 for the district title while Brewster defeated Cashmere, 3-0, for third place. Felix Nava scored for Brewster in the first half before Jose Marin and Rodrigo Gomez closed the door with second half goals.
Newport, ranked No. 2 in the 1A Northeast league, was all that stood in the way of the Bears’ state bid in the crossover match that Brewster won 3-0 last Saturday, May 13.
“We didn’t give them many shots,” said Sanon of Newport’s loss. “When you don’t get shots, you can’t score.”
While the Brewster defense dogged Newport, the Bears’ offense was getting some good shots at the net. Ricardo Gallaga and Felix Nava scored first half goals, and Jurgen Cornejo added a comfort margin with a second half score.

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