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Rangers lose soccer home-opener

Estacada stays within a goal of 17-time league champ LaSalle
by: Clinton Vining, Senior forward Jonathan Floyd kicks and scores a penalty kick against LaSalle.

The Estacada High School boys' varsity soccer team began league play with a hard-fought loss to Capital Conference opponent LaSalle Thursday at Buzz Randall Field in Estacada.

The Falcons beat the Rangers 3-2 in the league-opener.

'I'm disappointed with the result, but I'm happy with the way the guys played. They hung in there and they weren't intimidated,' said EHS boys' soccer coach Matt Nichols.

LaSalle High School typically has one of the top boys' soccer programs in the state.

'They have 17 league titles, so it gives our guys a lot of confidence,' Nichols said.

Cole Cannard scored the Rangers first goal-his second of the season. He was assisted by Jonathan Floyd. Floyd scored the Rangers second goal midway through the second half on a second-chance penalty kick. The referee ruled that the LaSalle goal keeper stepped forward from the goal line on Floyd's first, blocked attempt.

Nichols said that his goal keeper played a big role in the one-point loss to LaSalle.

'AJ [Webb], our goal keeper, really performed well, really stepped up. He said he was going to have a good game and he showed it. Hopefully, he's coming into his element, and he's going to be the key to our success, really.'

The Rangers played Molalla at home on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. The boys play at North Marion on Thursday, Sept. 21 and home again against Gladstone on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.