Team of the Spring: Columbia River boys soccer

Chieftains still celebrating perfect season and state title

Reaching the state semifinals was a big deal for this team, the first appearance in the final four for the program.

Making it to the finals was yet another milestone.

Then the Columbia River Chieftains went and won the whole darn thing.

The bar has been raised.

Apostoli Kosaris, Reilly Burke, Jack Kolosvary, Ryan Connop, Roger Pinacho, and David Gonzalez-Martinez are members of the Class 2A state championship boys soccer squad from Columbia River. Photo by Paul Valencia
Apostoli Kosaris, Reilly Burke, Jack Kolosvary, Ryan Connop, Roger Pinacho, and David Gonzalez-Martinez are members of the Class 2A state championship boys soccer squad from Columbia River. Photo by Paul Valencia

Columbia River sits atop the Class 2A boys soccer world, state champions forever.

The statistics show the dominance, too. Coach Filomon Afenegus’ team scored 65 goals and conceded nine. Only one time in the season did an opponent score two goals in a match.

The Columbia River defense had 15 shutouts, including the final two matches in Sumner to win the title.

It was not like the Chieftains pumped up their schedule with a bunch of weak opponents just to get some easy wins. Columbia River took on three 4A programs in non-league matches, and won them all.

Add it up, and it was 23 matches, 23 victories.

Perfection.

In the final week of the the spring sports season, Clark County had four squads from traditional team sports play for state championships. All are worthy of recognition. Only one was perfect, though.

ClarkCountyToday.com is naming the Columbia River boys soccer its Team of the Spring.

Congratulations to the Chieftains.

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About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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