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Valiants hit high gear, outrun Roughriders

The VC girls pour across 10 goals to hammer Roosevelt


BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic’s girls soccer team left absolutely nothing on table against Roosevelt last week.

Hosting the Class 5A Roughriders at Valley Catholic High School on Sept. 20, the Valiants poured across eight first-half goals and then coasted home to win the non-league match by a 10-0 margin.

by: MILES VANCE - SUN RUN - Valley Catholic junior Makenzee Cleveland-Aguirre (left) races upfield while defended by Roosevelt’s Rocio Valencia during the Valiants 10-0 non-league cxhome win on Sept. 20.

“We had some really great goals tonight from a lot of different faces, which was good for us,” said Valley Catholic’s second-year coach Kayla Crandall. “Overall, it was a great result for us.”

The Valiants’ win lifted their season record to 3-0 and set the table for its District 1 opener, set for 4:15 p.m. today (Thursday) against Catlin Gabel at Valley Catholic High School. Roosevelt fell to 1-3 with the loss.

“We have a big week coming up, with ... our first league game against an always-strong Catlin Gabel” team, Crandall said. “The girls are excited for league to start and are working hard to prepare for each game.”

Valley Catholic wasted absolutely no time in setting the tone against Roosevelt last week, with senior midfielder Meg Rapp taking a pass from fellow senior Claire McLoughlin and driving home the game’s first goal just 2 minutes and 42 seconds into the contest.

And that was just the start of VC’s scoring parade. Eight minutes later, sophomore Sarah Connelly made a run up the left seam and took a shot that slid just past the edge of the goal, but McLoughlin was there to finish the chance and make it 2-0.

VC was back in goal four minutes later when Makenzee Cleveland-Aguirre crossed the ball into the Roosevelt penalty box from the right baseline and Connelly stepped up to head it home for a 3-0 lead. Connelly — who finished with three goals — scored again just 18 seconds later when she stole a pass in the Roosevelt end of the field, raced past the remaining Roughrider defenders and scored in the right corner of the Roosevelt goal.

The Valiants’ hits just kept coming too, with Chelsea Alsdorf scoring from 15 yards out off a Connelly pass, Rapp scoring on a blast from the top of the Roosevelt box, Connelly getting her third goal on a breakaway, ands Reilly Blood scoring off another steal to push VC’s lead to 8-0 with 1:24 to go in the opening half.

Rapp and Emily Gabourel added their team’s two goals in the second half for the final 10-0 margin.

“This game was good for us because we were able to play possession, get 20-30 passes in a row and then go forward and create,” Crandall said. “I thought our center midfielders (Rapp, Alsdorf and Meredith Woolverton) did a great job possessing the ball for us and switching the field to get our outside back involved in the play.”

Crandall also credited the efforts of those outside backs — Cleveland-Aguirre and McLoughlin — in using the entire field and making quality crosses.

Being 3-0 is “exactly what we wanted to be at this point,” Crandall added. “The girls have all made a strong commitment to get better at our weaknesses, which has been awesome to see. So far, I am pleased with how things are going.”

In upcoming games, Valley Catholic hosts Catlin Gabel at 4:15 p.m. today (Thursday), then hosts Philomath in a non-league game at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.