Tuesday was an emotional night at Finlay Field as the seniors played one last time as Indians.
Roseburg fell 4-0 to North Medford in a Southwest Conference boys soccer game.
The first half was all about defense. The Indians tried to keep their focus while the Tornado’s offense tested their limits. North Medford’s aggressive style was hard to keep up with.
“Our defense responded by being cautious and safe so we could be ready for anything,” said Roseburg junior Robert Gosman.
The Indians made a couple strong shots at goal, but were turned back by the North Medford goalie. North Medford had possession of the ball most of the half and had many shots at goal. The Tornado scored in the 15th and 32nd minutes, both goals by Carlos Cordoba, to take a 2-0 halftime advantage.
After losing starting midfielder Stephen Lake at the beginning of the second half, the Indians were down to only 10 players on the field. Despite the shortage, the Indians continued to battle.
“We calmed down and played soccer the way we know we can,” said Roseburg senior Nate Lund.
Roseburg coach Jim Giraudo said, “They did not quit even when they were a man down and continued to press hard to score goals.”
The Tribe’s strong effort kept them in possession for most of the second half.
“I admire that my team has a great work ethic and perseverance,” said Giraudo.
North Medford scored two more goals in the second half. The Indians finished the season 3-11 overall and 1-11 in the SWC.
After the buzzer sounded, the Indians came together to say goodbye to their seniors. For senior Dylan Wade , it was a bittersweet end.
“I enjoyed playing with my teammates, but it was sad knowing this would be my last time,” said Wade.
Giraudo said, “It was very gratifying to watch the seniors play one last time together. They put in 110 percent all year and were great mentors to the underclassmen.”
Seniors honored before the contest included Ashton Faas, Jorge Pelayo, Wade, Bailey Humbert, Lund, Tanner Hunt, Tristan Wood, Nolan Simmie and Jack Christner.