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3A STATE: Kickers fall short against Camas in title bout
LAKEWOOD -- The Bainbridge boys' soccer team could not complete its "treble" of titles, losing 3-0 to the Camas Papermakers Saturday in the 3A boys' soccer state championship game Saturday at Harry Lang Stadium.
The loss broke an 11-game win streak and it was the first time in 11 games the Spartans were shut out. They had outscored opponents 29-5 in that timeframe.
The Spartans, who had won the Metro League trophy and the state academic title for the first time in school history this season, were trying to add a first ever state title to the trophy case.
They nearly broke through when Connor Winship put in a bouncing shot for a goal after a teammate's shot was knocked away in the 18th minute, but the goal was waived off after the sideline referee had ruled that Sebastian Scales was offside.
Senior Alex Raquer said it was tough to come back after the call.
"From the beginning (of the game) we were hanging with these guys and we thought we were in this," he said. "But that derailed us a bit -- it was a bit of a controversial call. But it happens. We had a lot of opportunities and we shouldn't have let that affect us."
It was a big call as Camas forward Nathan Beasley scored two minutes later when he headed one in off a rebound from a free kick. Beasley scored nine minutes later when he got a pass from Drew White that he eventually tapped home after the Spartan defense could not clear the ball.
Bainbridge had their chances, but Raquer could not get a foot on a ball in the penalty box while Will Deveraux had a header that was going in but Papermakers goalie Zach Anderson made a fantastic one handed save.The Spartans kept the pressure up in the second half, but Raquer had another chance turned away after a great run in Camas' defensive end.
Anderson gave Bainbridge an apparent route back into the game when he caught a free kick from Alex Coplan but his momentum took him over the goal line. The referee signaled a goal, but after Camas protested, he talked with the sideline referee, then waived the goal off.
While head coach George Vukic was frustrated with the calls, he said the Papermakers were a tough team to deal with.
"They are remarkably solid everywhere," he said. "While they're not overpowering, they made you pay for your mistakes much more dearly than other teams. You couldn't give them a bit of space or (else) you were in trouble immediately, so that made them that much more dangerous."
Parker Rowland clinched the title for Camas nine minutes from full time when he sent a rocket in after Miller had punched a clearance off a corner kick.
Despite the loss of seven seniors, Raquer felt the team can make it back to state next season.
"We have a bunch of talented young guys," he said. "I think there's talent to get (Bainbridge) back here for sure."
The Spartans finished with a record of 17-4-1.
John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Bainbridge senior defender Will Devereaux fouls freshman forward Nathan Beasley in the first half of the 3A boys' soccer state championship Saturday at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood.