soccer -- Lady Vikings overcome a sluggish start to notch a 2-0 non-conference victory over visiting David Douglas

Forest Grove matched its win total from a year ago in just its third game of the season, taking down David Douglas 2-0 in non-conference girls soccer action last Wednesday night.

The win was Forest Grove's second of the season after opening with a 4-0 win over Reynolds on Sept. 7 and playing Centennial to a 2-2 draw last Monday.

After a scoreless first half, Forest Grove got on the board when a Rebecca Kelsay centering pass deflected off a David Douglas defender for an own goal, giving the Lady Vikings a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Forest Grove was back on the attack. Freshman Brandi Dawson fed Michele Vandehey for a goal and a 2-0 cushion that would hold up over the final 30 minutes.

'In the first half we got off to a slow start and played to David Douglas' level,' said Forest Grove coach Mike Martinez. 'We stepped it up in the second half and consistently pressured their defense.'

The Lady Viks won just two games a year ago, but have already matched that total in the first three games of the 2006 season.

'We're off to a good start,' said Martinez.

Forest Grove hosted Hood River Valley on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.

Next on the docket is the Pacific Conference opener against defending league champ Tualatin. That game will start at 7 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

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