Weathering the storm

By Dan Trujillo, Columbian staff writer

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Skyview brought rain to Doc Harris Stadium, but Camas countered with thunder, lightning and an umbrella of defense.

“The only storm going on was the weather,” said senior center back Wyatt Brown. “We shut them down on the field. Every portion of the game, we were in control.”

The Storm snuck in a goal in the final 2 minutes, 19 seconds of the game, but the Papermakers held on for a 2-1 victory.

Nate Beasley thundered the ball into the net for the first goal, and Niko DeVera kicked in the second goal as fast as lightning.

“It was going back and forth with a lot of ball changes, counter attacks and quick crosses,” DeVera said. “When I saw that opening, I just followed it up. All of the hard work in practice pays off in the game.”

Skyview threatened on a few free kicks and corners midway through the second half, but the defensive umbrella of Brown, Michael Koceja, Blake Cardon, Bryce Ponder, Ryan Grable and Roldan Alcobendas shielded the Storm.

“The ball is skipping around on those puddles like a rock. You have no idea where it’s going to go,” Brown said. “A lot of it is playing off the other players. It gets real intense. I’ve played soccer for 14 years, and I love being physical.”

Camas (1-0) challenges Evergreen Friday, at 5 p.m., and Mountain View Monday, at 7 p.m. Both games are at McKenzie Stadium.