Beaverton dominates possession against Aloha

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Beavertons Robyn Schmutzer celebrates a goal over Aloha.

On a cold clear Monday night, the Beaverton High girls soccer team recorded a dominant win over Aloha High.

Playing on their home pitch, the Beavers got a goal in both the first and second half and played excellent defense en-route to a 2-0 win.

Throughout the match, Beaverton dominated the run of play. The Beavers kept the ball almost exclusively in the attacking third, peppering the Aloha goal with shots. When the Warriors gained possession, Beaverton was quick to win it back.

“We had a lot of movement off the ball,” said Beavers coach Jonathan Wilkins said. “The girls put in a lot of heart this game. We kept possession of the ball and had good communication with the ball.

“We really wanted to win this game at home against Beaverton here. Hopefully this effort gives us some momentum to push us forward throughout the rest of the Metro League.”

Beaverton’s dominance finally paid off when the Beavers got on the board in the 39th minute—just before halftime.

Kelly Priest took a shot from 25 yards out that banged off the crossbar. Robyn Schmutzer streaked into the box, unmarked. She got to the rebound before any Warriors defenders had time to react. From four yards out, she put a shot near post and Aloha was up 1-0.

“Kelly Priest dribbled through a couple of people and shot hers from outside the 18,” Schmutzer said. “Then the ball hit the crossbar and I just followed it TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Alohas Monique Vega attempts to control the ball against Beaverton.

In the 46th minute, the Schmutzer played a pass down the left side of the pitch. Cassy Harrigan reach the ball, took a touch and from 12-yards out, she sent a left-footed shot to the near post, putting the Beavers up 2-0.

“I had a give and go with Robyn and when I got to it, I hit it in the back corner,” Harrigan said.

Beaverton continued dominating the match on offense for the rest of the night, never allowing Aloha enough possession to create a scoring opportunity.

The win improved Beaverton to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Metro League. Aloha fell to 3-7-1 overall and 0-7 in the Metro League.

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