Moultrie and Hunt fire up for Clackamas; Jensen turns a pair of hat tricks for Gladstone
The Clackamas Cavaliers and Gladstone Gladiators last week tightened their hold on first place in their respective girls soccer leagues.
The Cavaliers upped their Three Rivers League record to 5-1-0 with wins over Lake Oswego (2-1) and Oregon City (2-0).
The Gladiators (5-0-0) finished the first half of league play in the Tri-Valley Conference unbeaten, posting lopsided wins over cross-town rival La Salle (7-0) and Molalla (4-1).
The Cavaliers finished the week with 15 points, giving them a 5-point lead over second-place Canby (3-2-1) with the league season winding down.
The Cavaliers wrap things up with away games with Lakeridge (2-3-1) and Canby, and home games with West Linn (2-2-2) and Lake Oswego (1-4-1).
Last week's 2-1 win at Lake Oswego was a barnburner. Trailing 1-0, the Cavaliers scored two goals inside the final 22 minutes of play to earn the victory.
Junior midfielder Sam Moultrie earned heroine honors for the Cavaliers, scoring with 22 minutes left, and again with seven minutes remaining.
'Sam had a great game [at the offensive end],' said Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor. 'Maddie Chase and Sarah Jones played solid defense in the back, and Nadine Shaw was solid in-goal.'
Shaw made four saves.
Holly Hunt was huge for the Cavaliers in the match with Oregon City. The sophomore midfielder scored late in the first half, and assisted on a goal by Courtney Cox midway through the second half. Marissa Sandgren assisted on Hunt's first goal.
Mansoor commented on the game: 'We had most of the run of play, but like any game of soccer, anything can happen, especially with OC's speedy forwards.
'Our defense did a good job of staying organized and not giving them any really good looks….
'Solid performances from Maddie Chase, Riley Mitchell, Stephanie Miller and Kaitlyn Reiner in defense. Jade [Haehlen] was in-goal the whole game and played a solid game.'
Mansoor had her Cavaliers with 14 shots on-frame and Haehlen with two saves.
Gladstone coeds finished last week with 15 points, putting them six points in front of La Salle (3-2-0) and Molalla (3-2-0) in the Tri-Valley Conference.
Gladstone, which sports an overall record of 7-2-0, has been dominant since dropping its first two games of the preseason to Scappoose and Philomath. The Gladiators have out-scored their last seven opponents 40-2, and that's been with relatively balanced scoring.
Led by junior forward Amber Jensen (19 goals, 8 assists) and junior midfielder McKenna Hopkins (7 goals, 3 assists), sophomore forward Kelsey Hathaway (5 goals, 3 assists) and senior midfielder Ashley Beykovsky (4 goals, 6 assists), ten different Gladstone players have scored goals and ten have made assists.
The Gladiators were on fire in last week's game with their cross-town rivals. They were up 6-0 a minute into the second half.
'We had an on-game and they had an off-game,' said Gladstone coach Steve Thomas.
Jensen headed the offensive onslaught, scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth tally.
Hopkins and sophomores Kendall Schumaker and Hathaway also found the net for Gladstone.
Hathaway, Taylor Plunkett, Haleigh Murrell and Cheyenne Stubblefield made assists.
'Maddie Cronin played out of her socks,' Thomas said. 'She owned the field. She was real strong in the air, and she distributed the ball really well.'
Thomas said that Cronin saw action both as a defender and central midfielder.
Jensen and defense proved the difference in last Thursday's game at Molalla.
Jensen turned her second hat trick of the week, scoring three times.
Haleigh Murrell added the fourth tally, her first goal of the year.
Beykovsky and Hopkins both assisted on two goals.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Gladiators took charge in the second half.
'Our defense played their best game of the year [at Molalla],' said Thomas. 'Molalla has tremendous speed and our defense shut down their two best players - Claire Thomas and Taylor Munson.'
The Gladiator soccer boss singled out defenders Taylor Plunkett, Megan Bartz, Mikaela Simac, Cronin, Victoria Finley, Julia Schumaker and Rylee Jones for standout play.
Thomas had his Gladiators with a 26-4 advantage in shots and a 17-3 advantage in shots on-frame.
He said that Molalla had the better possession, but his Gladiators negated the Indians' speed with an effective counter-attack.
The Gladiators travel to Madras (0-5) next Tuesday, before returning home for an Oct. 25 game with North Marion (2-3).
La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino said of last week's sound trouncing at the hands of Gladstone: 'We got off our game plan at the start and could never recover.'
Cereghino added: 'We'll have our full lineup [when we meet them a second time at La Salle]. I think we have the athletes that can beat them, if we play disciplined, solid soccer for 80 minutes.'
The Falcons rebounded strong from last week's loss to Gladstone, winning 6-2 in a home game with Estacada on Thursday.
Senior midfielder Elise Christoferson scored two unassisted goals to lead a Falcon attack that saw five different players put the ball in the net. Joslynn Bigelow, Claire Primack, Amanda Byrne and Kathryn Christoferson added single tallies.
Sydney Chvilicek played in-goal, making three saves.
'We're still hoping that Gladstone will drop a game to someone else and that we can win out and catch them,' Cereghino said. 'Our main goal is still top two in league, so we can get a home play-in game.'