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Lady Bowmen get their shots and the win

Soccer -- Sherwood, getting 27 shots on goal, scores a 3-0 win over Parkrose
by: DAN BROOD, SMOOTH — Sherwood’s Emily Schulte gets ready to boot the ball in the Lady Bowmen’s 3-0 win over Parkrose.

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School girls soccer team created plenty of opportunities.

The Lady Bowmen had plenty of chances to score.

They only capitalized on three of those many, many opportunities, but that turned out to be more than enough.

The Lady Bowmen, dominating play from start to finish, scored a 3-0 win over Parkrose in a Northwest Oregon Conference match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

While the 3-0 margin was plenty, the difference could have been much more as Sherwood had 27 shots on goal in the contest, compared to just two for the Broncos.

'That was really frustrating,' said Sherwood senior Emily Schulte, who scored the first of the Lady Bowmen's three goals. 'We need to work on getting to the right spot and finishing.'

With the victory, the Lady Bowmen improved to 3-0-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference play while also moving to 6-1-1 on the season.

'We're coming along,' Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. 'We created a lot of opportunities and passed the ball around real well. We just need to work more on finishing, and we have been working hard.'

Parkrose dropped to 1-3 in league play and to 3-3 on the season with the setback.

In Tuesday's match, Sherwood took control early. The Lady Bowmen, in the first 12 minutes of the contest, had three shots by junior Courtney Smurdon and one each by Schulte, sophomore Michelle Hlasnik and junior Amanda Dutra. But all of those shots were either off the mark or saved by Parkrose junior goalkeeper Elle Stutesman, who had a strong game for the Broncos.

Sherwood broke through with 22:39 left in the first half on a goal by Schulte. Dutra started the scoring play with a pinpoint pass ahead to Schulte, who sprinted to the ball and put her shot into the Parkrose goal from four yards away.

'That was just a hustle goal,' Schulte said.

The Lady Bowmen had numerous other scoring attempts in the first half, including a high, hard shot by Dutra that smacked hard against the crossbar of the Parkrose goal, but they still had just the 1-0 lead at halftime.

It was more of the same in the early going of the second half as both Julaine Wood and Hlasnik had shots on goal grabbed by Stutesman.

The Lady Bowmen did add to their lead when Dutra, after she was knocked down in the penalty box, converted the ensuing penalty kick, making the score 2-0 with 31:14 left to play.

Dutra also had Sherwood's third goal, coming with 7:38 remaining. She tapped in a close-range shot off a cross from Smurdon, who was on the right side of the field, making the score 3-0.

'We've still got to do better, and we will do better,' Brown said.

Prior to the win over Parkrose, Sherwood scored a 4-0 win at Century last Thursday.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they face rival Wilsonville in a league match starting at 7 p.m. at Wilsonville High School.

'We will show up and play well in that one,' Brown said.

'We really hope to beat them,' Schulte said.

Sherwood will likely have to play without Erica Chamberlain in that match. The junior midfielder suffered a concussion in the win over Parkrose.

On Tuesday, Sherwood hosts Glencoe at 6:30 p.m.