The local teams are dominant in their league openers
Gladstone and La Salle girls soccer teams launched their Tri-Valley Conference seasons in great form last Thursday. The Gladiators (3-2-0, 1-0) stomped Estacada 6-0, while the Falcons (4-1-0, 1-0) stopped Madras, 4-0.
The Gladiators earlier in the week had humbled Cascade, also winning by a 6-0 margin.
'After our two losses, I told the girls we need to send a message,' Gladstone coach Steve Thomas said, following the Cascade game. 'And they did that. We scored three goals and were up 3-0 after just 12 minutes.'
The Gladiators were also dominant against Estacada, rolling to a 4-0 advantage by the intermission.
Gladstone offensive leader Amber Jensen proved she still has her stuff, turning a hat trick and assisting on two goals in the Estacada game, and scoring two goals and making three assists against Cascade.
Kelsey Hathaway, Ashley Beykovsky and Taylor Plunkett added single tallies against Estacada; Hathaway scored twice against Cascade, while Beykovsky and Plunkett also found the net.
Freshman Molly Webster was in-goal for both shutouts.
Thomas had his Gladiators with a 14-2 advantage in shots on-frame in the Estacada game, and a 14-1 advantage against Cascade.
The Gladiators (3-2-0, 1-0) face a stiff test this Thursday, when they meet North Marion (5-0-0, 1-0) on the road.
The Huskies pulled off a shocker last Thursday, knocking off TVC power Molalla 3-0.
'We're looking forward to the game,' said Thomas. 'They should be an improved team and they've got a tiny field, but I think we've got the best skills in the league. We'll see where we're at.'
Nursing a 1-0 lead at halftime, La Salle got down to business and dominated the play in the second half in last Thursday's league-opener at Madras.
'Elise Christoferson gave us a spark we really needed [against Madras],' said La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino. 'When we came off the bus, we were really flat. But when Elise scored [in the first half], it got us started.'
Kathryn Christoferson followed with two second-half goals, while Claire Primack added a single tally.
Sophomore Sydney Chvilicek recorded her second shutout of the week. She was also in-goal in a 2-0 shutout in a nonleague win over Horizon Christian.
Cereghino had his Falcons with a 12-2 advantage in shots on-frame at Madras, and a 20-4 advantage in shots on-goal against Horizon Christian.
Amanda Byrne and Primack found the net against Horizon Christian, off assists from Chloe Basile and Courtney Crain.
Cereghino praised freshman stopper Veronica Horton for her play in the shutout of Madras:
'Veronica did a great job of winning balls out of the air and helping us keep possession.'
La Salle (4-1-0, 1-0) meets Molalla (1-3-0, 0-1) on the road this Thursday.