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Wolves' attack is too strong for Hillsboro

Girls soccer: Carkner, Popma each score three goals for Tualatin in the 10-0 win
by: DAN BROOD KEEPING CONTROL — Tualatin freshman defender Natalie Chen (left) keeps the ball away from Kylee Taube in Tuesday’s match. The Wolves won 10-0.

TUALATIN - Anna-Marie Popma has scored a lot of goals during her high school soccer career at Tualatin.

But none of those goals may have come much easier than the three she scored on Tuesday.

The hard-attacking, precision-passing Timberwolves set up goal after goal on their way to scoring a 10-0 win over Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference girls soccer matched played at Tualatin.

'We're having fun, and we're communicating. That's exciting,' Popma, a senior forward for the Wolves, said following the rain-soaked match. 'And our passing has been very good. We work every single day on our passing.'

'We're definitely having fun,' said Tualatin junior defender Makena Carkner, who also scored three goals in the victory. 'I think we came together as a team tonight.'

Hillsboro fell to 2-5-1 in league matches with the loss. Tualatin improved to 8-0 in league contests, keeping the Wolves all alone atop the league standings. The Wolves have outscored their eight opponents this year by a 42-0 margin.

'We're still a work in progress,' Tualatin coach Rossano Rocha said. 'On the offensive side, we're moving in the right direction. Tonight was good all around.'

Popma, with her three goals on Tuesday, now has 95 goals for her high school career.

Her first goal of the night came just 1 minute and 23 seconds in the contest. Tualatin junior Mollie Freel hit a driving shot from the left side that was blocked by Hillsboro junior goalie Kelsey Blem. Popma tapped in a follow-up shot to give the Wolves a quick 1-0 lead.

Her second goal of the night was similar to the first. Carkner's shot from the left side was deflected by a Spartan defender. The ball went right to Popma in front of the goal. Again, she tapped in a shot into the net, giving the Wolves a 4-0 lead at that point, with 20:47 left in the first half.

Then, with 14:55 remaining before halftime, Popma, in stride, took a great upfield pass from junior midfielder Kelsey Wagner and scored on an open shot from 10 yards out to up the margin to 5-0 at that point.

'The passing was great,' Popma said.

Meanwhile, Carkner, with her three goals, notched the first hat trick of her high school career.

'That's exciting,' she said with a smile.

'Oh my gosh, Makena did so great,' Popma said. 'That was real exciting.'

Carkner got her first goal with 36:01 left in the first half. After driving her way around a Hillsboro defender, she hit a close-range shot from the left side into the goal to give Tualatin a 2-0 lead at that time.

Just over three minutes later, Carkner struck again. She scored on a free kick attempt from 30 yards away on the left side. Her shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounded beyond the goal line to up the Tualatin lead to 3-0 at that time.

Carkner completed her hat trick with a goal coming on a shot from 20 yards away with 22:19 left in the match, upping the margin to 7-0 at that point.

'Makena did a fantastic job tonight,' Rocha said.

'I just kept playing hard,' Carkner said.

Four other Tualatin players each had one second-half goal to complete the scoring for the Timberwolves.

With 37:40 left in the match, Tualatin junior Sarah Jacobson scored on a follow-up shot after an attempt by sophomore Audrey DePaepe was blocked on a dive by Spartan keeper Cynthia Rodriquez.

With 7:06 remaining in the contest, Tualatin senior Cassie Baldwin's running shot from 30 yards out skimmed the bottom of the crossbar and soared into the net to make the score 8-0 at that point.

Tualatin then tacked on a pair of goals in the final minute.

Senior Megan Freel scored on a free kick shot from 35 yards out with 53 seconds remaining. Then, with 31 seconds left, Wagner scored on a shot from 15 yards away to cap off the 10-0 win.

Meanwhile, the Tualatin defense, including freshman Natalie Shen, junior Hana Dempsey, sophomore Maddie Campbell, Carkner and Mollie Freel, among others, gave Hillsboro very few opportunities while posting its eighth-straight shutout to start the season.

'We've been working really hard at practice,' Carkner said. 'Our goal is to win state.'

'We're young, but we're getting there,' Popma said. 'We need to keep working hard. We don't want to peak now.'

Prior to the win over Hillsboro, the Wolves posted a 5-0 victory over Century last Thursday.

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The Tigard girls kept pace with the Timberwolves by scoring a 2-0 victory over Century on Tuesday.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 5-1-2 in Pacific Conference play.

The Tigard boys also bested Century, notching a 2-1 victory in Tuesday's match to improve to 4-3-1 in league matches.

The Tualatin boys fell 3-0 at Hillsboro on Tuesday. The Wolves moved to 5-2-1 in league play with the setback.