The Skyhawks kick off the playoffs with a huge barrage of goal-scoring
BEAVERTON - To say that the Southridge girls soccer team was ready for its Class 6A Play-In game on Tuesday might be the understatement of the week.
The Skyhawks scored early, scored often and then just kept scoring, eventually scoring a 13-0 win over McKay at Southridge High School. The win lifted Southridge's season record to 8-5-2 and sent the Skyhawks into the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. There, Southridge, the fourth-place finisher from the Metro League, will host West Salem at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night. The Titans, the third-place finishers from the Central Valley Conference, carry an 8-4-1 season record.
'I think we will be able to beat the good teams ahead,' said Southridge sophomore defender Maddie Misi, who scored her team's first goal on Tuesday. 'We've learned a lot about staying tight and playing as a group and it's paid off.'
'I definitely feel our team has become stronger,' added senior forward Anisa Maza, who assisted on her team's first two goals and scored its fourth. 'We've just got to keep working really hard in practice, and hopefully, it will show in the games.'
Southridge certainly showed up on Tuesday against McKay. The Royal Scots, the sixth-place finishers from the Central Valley, were woefully outmanned, allowed nine goals in the first half and saw their season end at 1-13.
The Skyhawks applied the pressure right from the beginning of Tuesday's contest, taking their first lead when Misi headed home a Maza corner kick at the right post 6 minutes and 18 seconds into the game.
And from then on, the floodgates were open. Ariel Kanable headed another Maza corner kick into the goal 2:36 later to make it 2-0, Mich Toews collected a free ball in the middle of the field and beat one defender to make it 3-0 with 21:42 to go before halftime, and Maza then made it 4-0 when she stole the ball deep in the McKay end and scored 1:14 later.
The goals just kept coming too, with Toews scoring on a rebound with 15:50 left in the half, Mary Lynn Moshofsky kneeing a shot home 55 seconds later, Andie Giles making it 7-0 with a shot from the top of the Scots' penalty box, and Sarah Werhane connecting twice in the final 11:06 to make it 9-0 at the half.
'I definitely think it's a group effort now, rather than just key players,' Misi said. 'I think we're connecting passes really well and you can see the chemistry on the field when we're playing.'
'We were shooting for 7-0, so we had a feeling we would do well tonight,' Maza added. 'Everyone's just been happy and in a good mood.'
And in the second half, the Hawks got two goals from Kaelin Oppedal and one each from Dayna Carlson and Tayler Clark to close out the win.