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CENTRAL ROUNDUP: Boys soccer defeats Barlow, improves to 3-0

GRESHAM — Central’s boys soccer team defeated Barlow 3-1 on Thursday to remain undefeated (3-0).

Eduardo Gonzalez, Evan Hoover and Christian Lua scored for the Panthers.

“We started the game a little slow and gradually picked up the pace,” coach Joe Orozco said. “We started moving and passing the ball better and kept the pressure on them. We didn’t let them create any good plays.”

Gonzalez scored on a header to put the Panthers up 1-0 in the first half.

“After that, we played more relaxed, but kept the pressure on them the whole game,” Orozco said.

Hoover scored in the second half, thanks to a pass from Ceja. Lua scored the Panthers’ third goal with about 10 minutes left in the match, Orozco said.

“We dominated most of the second half. Our passing was way better than the first half,” he said.

Central played North Marion Tuesday after press time. The Panthers host Cascade Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL FALLS TO MOUNTAIN VIEW: Central’s football team lost to Mountain View 28-21 on Friday.

The Panthers fell behind 21-0 in the third quarter before seeing a rally fall short.

Quarterback Peter Mendazona threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Jesse Cable had four catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Hunter Chase had 11 carries for 69 yards.

Central (1-1 overall) hosts Glencoe Friday at 7 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY PLACES 17th, 18th AT ASH CREEK: Central’s boys cross-country team placed 17th at the Ash Creek Invitational on Saturday, while the girls squad finished 18th.

Bailie Hartford led the girls with a 49th-place finish. Hartford completed the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 41.37 seconds. Naomi Vega took 90th in 23:07.80.

Jonathon Brown led the boys team with a 62nd-place finish in 17:57.72. Jaydon Aydelotte placed 74th in 18:08.24.

The Panthers will compete at the MWC preview meet at Willamette Mission State Park in Brooks on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL SPLITS OPENING MATCHES: Central’s volleyball team opened Mid-Willamette Conference play with a 19-25, 25-21, 25-19, 14-25, 15-13 loss to Silverton on Sept. 5 before beating South Albany 25-12, 22-25, 25-16, 25-8 on Thursday.

“Our loss to Silverton was tough,” coach Claudine Mendazona said. “We had a lot of great, long rallies that we won, but unfortunately in the end, we have little things we have to clean up to get the W.”

Central responded with a victory over the Rebels, which saw Krista Omlid record 14 kills and 21 digs. Sydney Nash had 32 assists.

The Panthers (3-1 overall, 1-1 MWC) played Crescent Valley Tuesday after press time.

Central hosts Lebanon Thursday at 6 p.m. The Panthers will compete at the Dallas Tournament Saturday at 8 a.m. before playing at Dallas Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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