The Cavs eye the title in a competitive league
CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High School girls soccer players and coaches plan on re-capturing the league title that the West Linn Lions took from them two seasons ago.
'This team really wants to win back that league title that they had for three years in a row,' said Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor. 'This team has some of the same leadership, competitiveness and drive to win that we had last year.'
The Cavaliers, who were Three Rivers League champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008, a year ago advanced all the way to the Class 6A semifinals, where they lost to 2010 state champion Jesuit, after finishing third - behind West Linn and Lakeridge - in the TRL.
Seven starters return from that team, and they looked good in last Thursday's season-opener, a 1-0 loss to 2010 semifinalist Westview. The game was a scoreless tie until the Wildcats found the net with just five minutes to play.
'I liked what I saw last night,' Mansoor said on Friday. 'The first half was even, and we took charge in the second half. The team looked to play good possession soccer. It was a great foundation to build on….
'And I liked that they were not at all happy with the loss. I think that speaks well for the team and how they are going to do this year. They're competitors.'
An especially bright spot for the Cavaliers in last Thursday's narrow loss to Westview was the play of freshman goal keeper Jade Haehlen.
The Cavaliers had graduated Angela Haluska, a four-year starter in-goal. Mansoor said she was pleased with what she saw from her rookie, playing in her first high school varsity game.
'Jade played a very solid game,' said Mansoor. 'Both she and [freshman keeper] Nadine Shaw have been working very hard in practices.'
Mansoor says that Haehlen and Shaw are part of a large and talented freshman class.
'We had 90 girls try out [for our three high school teams] and over half of them were freshmen,' said Mansoor. 'We have seven freshmen on varsity and they don't play like freshmen. They can hold their own.'
The Cavaliers sport a youthful roster. Returning starters Maddie Chase (defense), Stephanie Miller (defense), Marissa Sandgren (midfield) and Brooke Salgado (forward) were the only seniors in the starting lineup in last Thursday's game with Westview.
Freshman Sarah Jones started in the back.
Juniors Samantha Moultrie and Summer Mohr started in the midfield; junior Tori Roberts started in the front line with Salgado.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Reiner started on defense and sophomore Courtney Cox started in the midfield.
Chase and Moultrie were first-team all-league players in 2010, while Sandgren was a second-team all-star selection.