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Bowmen step up against strong foe

Sherwood gets a 2-0 win over a physical Corvallis squad


by: DAN BROOD - AFTER IT -- Sherwood senior Mikayla Howes (14) chases the ball ahead of Corvallis' Maya Van Londen. Howes scored the Lady Bowmen's first goal in their 2-0 victory.SHERWOOD — Good competition.

Tough matches.

That’s what the Sherwood High School girls soccer wanted in the early season as it gets ready for what it hopes is another run deep in the playoffs.

Well, on Tuesday, the defending Class 5A state champion Lady Bowmen got exactly what they wanted. And, to make things even better, they came away with a victory.

Sherwood, facing its third straight challenging opponent to start the season, scored a 2-0 win over a strong, physical Corvallis squad in a non-league match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

“We want tough competition,” said Sherwood sophomore forward Sarah Garoutte, who scored the Lady Bowmen’s second goal of the night. “This was really important, even though it’s not a playoff match. We want to come out, play hard and win every time.”by: DAN BROOD - A FOOT UP -- Sherwood High School junior Emily Harris (left) keeps control of the ball during the Lady Bowmen's match with Corvallis on Tuesday. Sherwood came away with a 2-0 victory.

Corvallis moved to 1-2 on the season with the setback. Sherwood improved to 2-0-1 on the season with the win. The Lady Bowmen opened the season by playing Class 5A state power Summit to a 2-2 tie in a match played Sept. 4 at Summit High School. Last Thursday, Sherwood scored a 3-0 win over Sunset, which reached the Class 6A state title match in 2011.

“We have no easy games in our preseason,” Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. “That’s by design. We wanted some strong competition.”

And that’s what the Lady Bowmen faced Tuesday when they took on the strong Corvallis squad.

“They were physical, but that was good,” Garoutte said.

Sherwood put some pressure on early, getting a pair of long-range shots by seniors Meghan Schoen and Annie Govig in the first 13 minutes of the match.

Sherwood senior Tear’sa Krieger had a hard shot from 22 yards away, coming with 25 minutes and 49 seconds left in the first half, but Corvallis sophomore goalie Katie LaFevre blocked the shot on a dive.

But the Lady Bowmen wouldn’t be denied much longer.

With 24:04 left to play in the first half, Sherwood senior midfielder Mikayla Howes scored on a free kick shot from 40 yards out. The high, bending shot sailed just out of the reach of LaFevre, but just below the crossbar for a goal that gave the Lady Bowmen a 1-0 lead.

Sherwood got a shot on goal later in the first half by senior Jessica Imbrie, but LaFevre made another diving save, keeping the Lady Bowmen lead to 1-0 at the half.

The Lady Bowmen kept applying pressure early in the second half, getting shots by Govig and senior Carley Mills and a pair of attempts by Schoen.

Then, with 17:05 left in the match, Sherwood struck again.

Garoutte, after taking a pass from sophomore Sydney Strohmaier, hit a spinning, turnaround shot from 20 yards away on the right side, with the ball hitting the inside of the left post and bounding into the net to give the Lady Bowmen a 2-0 lead.

“I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Garoutte said. “I just do the best I can.”

From there, Sherwood cruised to the 2-0 victory.

“They were organized on defense, but we created a lot of opportunities,” Brown said. “But you have to make more than two shots. But, it’s a win and if we keep working hard, we’ll be tough to beat on the way.”

Sherwood had 23 shots in the match, including nine shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen defense, including Govig, Krieger, senior Taylor Gersch and freshman Taylor Cole, among others, limited Corvallis to just two shots in the contest.

“It’s going well,” Garoutte said. “But we have things we can improve on. We know we have to keep up the hard work. We want to win the state title again.”

Garoutte had a pair of goals and an assist in the win over Sunset. Schoen had the other goal while Imbrie and Howes each had an assist.

Schoen and junior Emily Harris each had a goal in the match at Summit. Senior goalie Kyeli Hendryx, with a 75-yard punt, and Garoutte each had an assist.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they play at Wilson in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Cleveland for a 7 p.m. non-league contest.