Warriors Waylaid by Undefeated Rapids in District Opener


Rochester boys soccer couldn’t keep up with top-ranked and undefeated Columbia River in an 8-0 defeat in the opening round of the 2A District IV tournament in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The Rapids wasted no time, erupting for five first-half goals before adding three more in the second half while holding possession to hand the Warriors the defeat.

“We didn’t give up and still played hard,” Rochester coach Matt Ashton said. “They were as advertised. We knew coming down it would be a tough game.”

Despite the loss, the Warriors are still in contention for a state bid, and now Ashton and his team know that they need to improve on heading into their next loser-out match.

“We need to work more on possession of the ball,” Ashton said. “They’re very quick and every time they were right on us. If we can move the ball and be able to keep possession, we’ll be able to create opportunities.”

Rochester now faces 2A Evergreen League foe Aberdeen in a loser-out game in Aberdeen on Thursday. The winner heads to a winner-to-state, loser-out match.