The Sherwood girls soccer team downs Jefferson 8-0 in its last non-league tilt
PORTLAND - Now they're for real.
And the Sherwood High School girls soccer team says it's ready.
The Lady Bowmen sure looked to be ready last Thursday.
Sherwood, in its final non-league match before starting Northwest Oregon Conference play, rolled to an 8-0 win over Jefferson in a lightning-shortened game last Thursday at Delta Park.
'I think we're ready,' Sherwood junior midfielder Amanda Dutra said last Thursday during a delay caused by lightning flashes in the area. 'We're pretty excited to be starting league. We're eager to see the new teams.'
The Lady Bowmen will play their first-ever NWOC match tonight (Thursday) when it travels to St. Helens for a contest that starts at 6:30 p.m.
'Our big issue is getting ready for league,' Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. 'I expect us to be competitive, no matter who we're playing. We won't back down from anyone.'
Sherwood, with its win over Jefferson last Thursday, improved its record to 3-1-0 going into league action.
'We just tried to knock the ball around a bit,' Brown said.
The Lady Bowmen took control early in last Thursday's match. Junior Erica Chamberlain gave Sherwood a 1-0 lead at the 6-minute mark when she scored from eight yards out off an assist from sophomore Michelle Hlasnik, who crossed the ball to the middle from the right side.
Two minutes later, Dutra followed with a breakaway goal, upping the Lady Bowmen advantage to 2-0. Dutra assisted on the next Sherwood goal, scored on a header by freshman midfielder Lindsey Anderson. The goal gave Sherwood a 3-0 lead 12 minutes into the contest.
It was just three minutes later when Sherwood scored again, this time on breakaway by junior Courtney Smurdon, off an assist by Anderson, making the score 4-0. Dutra scored on another Lady Bowmen breakaway, this one coming at the 23-minute mark, to up the lead to 5-0.
It was at that point that lightning struck in the distance and the game was temporarily halted. After a 40-minute delay, the teams went out and played a 25-minute second half.
Sherwood also controlled the action after break. The Lady Bowmen got another goal by Dutra, and a pair of goals by senior Renee Hlasnik, to make the final score 8-0.
'We would have liked a little more competition, but we were able to work on some things today,' said Dutra, who, in addition to her three goals and an assist, also moved to goalie during the second half and made the save on Jefferson's only shot on goal. 'We're real young, but we're coming together as a team.'
Prior to the win over Jefferson, Sherwood suffered its only loss of the season, falling 2-0 to Wilson in a non-league match played Sept. 12.
'That was an intense game,' Dutra said. 'It was really good.'
'We played some good soccer in that one,' Brown said. 'We've come a long way. The young people in back are playing well.'
In addition to its league opener at St. Helens tonight, Sherwood will be home Tuesday to face Hillsboro at 6:30 p.m.