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Westside soccer keeps rolling

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Anna Reiff gets a good look at the goal during Westside's 4-0 win over Santiam Christian.

The Lady Eagles varsity soccer team dominated the Riverdale Mavericks last Thursday night with a final score of 8-0. Nearly halfway through the season, Westside remains in second place in the district.

Seniors Sarah Staropoli and Grace Wentzien continued to play pivotal roles, each contributing two goals for Westside. Junior Laura Fisk added to the damage with two goals of her own. Sophomores Chelsea Jesenik and Jordan Kuch each added insult to injury by putting the ball into the net for an additional two points. The eight goals were assisted by Staropoli, Wentzien, junior Bethany Lawson and senior Kate Conlin.

The defensive line of Meredith Harvey, Anna Reiff, Kelsey Prentice and Bethany Lawson was rock solid allowing only two shots on goal, denying both of them.

The Lady Eagles played one of their strongest games on Monday, Oct. 6, against Santiam Christian, winning by a score of 4-0. They moved the ball well, hustled and won the majority of the 50/50 balls. More impressive was the ball movement and the multi-pass triangle play that lead to each goal.

All the scoring came in the first half with two goals from senior Wentzien and one each from juniors Anna Reiff and Fisk. Assists were provided by Wentzien, Emily Gaar and Staropoli. Once again the defensive play of Kelsey Prentice, Meredith Harvey, Lawson, Reiff and goalie Chloe Becker produced the girl's sixth shut-out of the season.

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Westside Christian's boys soccer team traveled to Colton last Friday and captured their fourth consecutive league win. Westside dominated the game with numerous shots on goal, only two of which found the back of the net.

Freshman John Hanscom and junior Cody Smith each found success in the mouth to secure a 2-0 win for Westside. Westside's solid defensive line prevented Colton from scoring during their few opportunities in goal.

Back on their home field on Tuesday, the Eagles picked up another 1-0 win against Delphian to retain first place in their league. Westside played a solid possession game in the first half and got off a number of shots on goal which were cut off by Delphian's defense.

Nearly 25 minutes into the half Westside was awarded a penalty kick taken by Hanscom. Hanscom was unable to convert on the attempt, but followed up his shot and took advantage of a loose ball rebound by Delphian's goalie to score.

'The boys are passing the ball well and appreciate the value of playing a possession game,' stated Westside coach, Jeff Golden. 'We are working on keeping that discipline for the entire game.'

Westside travels to Gervais this Thursday for a 4:15 game.