Defense second to none
Gladstone coeds breeze by Rangers, Huskies
Gladstone High School coeds continued on a mission in soccer, as they breezed by Estacada (6-0) and North Marion (6-0) in Tri-Valley Conference play last week.
The pair of wins, coupled with a 3-2 North Marion upset of Molalla, left the Gladiators (7-1-1, 4-0-1) all alone atop the Tri-Valley Conference girls soccer standings with the first half of the league season complete. Molalla (5-3-1, 3-1-1), which tied Gladstone 1-1 when the two teams met at Molalla on Sept. 20, was in second place, just ahead of La Salle (5-4-0, 3-2-0).
Were playing well, said Gladstone coach Steve Thomas. It all starts with our defense. Our defense has been playing great....
People say, If you want to win, dont let them score. We say, Dont let them shoot.
Weve only allowed two goals [in nine games]. That says it all.
The Gladiators have earned shutouts over seven of their first nine opponents this fall.
Thomas said his charges last week allowed Estacada just two shots, one of them on-goal; and he said that North Marion got off just three shots, one of them on-frame. He had his Gladiators with 21 shots on-frame in the Estacada match and with 23 shot on-frame in the game with the Huskies.
Junior forward Kelsey Hathaway led the offensive assault at Estacada, turning a hat trick. Senior Amber Jensen put two balls in the net and made two assists; sophomore Riley Webster added the sixth tally.
Hathaway turned another hat trick and assisted on two more goals in the North Marion match; Jensen had two goals and three assists; Taylor Plunkett scored a goal and Madi Cronin made two assists.
The Gladiators took charge of the North Marion game from the outset, scoring three times inside the first seven minutes of play. The first goal was scored in just 29 seconds of play: Cronin put the ball in play with a long throw-in, Jensen flicked it to Hathaway, and Hathaway put it away.
Thomas praised Victoria Finley, Julia Schumaker, Mikaela Simac and Plunkett for their defensive play in last weeks games. He also had kind words for sophomore keeper Gabrielle Wachlin for her efforts in-goal in place of injured teammate Molly Webster, and he lauded sophomores Chelsea Entrambasaguas and Tianna Smith for their solid play filling in for two injured teammates in the midfield.
Next game for the Gladiators is a home match with Madras (2-7-0, 0-5-0) next Tuesday.
Falcons make quick-work
of Madras and Estacada
The La Salle Falcons were all business last week, putting seven balls in the net en route to a 7-1 runaway win over Madras, and dispatching with Estacada 4-0.
Eight girls contributed to La Salles scoring and four different La Salle players scored goals at Madras.
Juniors Megan White and Courtney Crain both scored twice.
Senior Amanda Byrne had a goal and an assist, as did senior Chloe Basile. Junior Nikki Higgins added the seventh tally. Junior Rachael Gottsch, sophomore Claire Primack and freshman Regan Russell were credited with assists.
Basile scored her goal just three minutes into the game off a cross from Primack in Thursdays game with Estacada.
Primack ran onto a throw-in from Tori Goodman and put the ball away to make it 2-0 La Salle at the half.
Russell and Primack both scored in the second half, with the assists going to White and Yesenia Higuera.
The Falcons dominated, out-shooting their guests 27-3.
Crain and White filled in in-goal for keeper Sydney Chvilicek, who missed the game because of illness.
La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino commended Crain for her efforts in-goal, and Higuera for her play on defense.
Yesenia played lights out this week, Cereghino said. Im very pleased with her smart play and strong tackling.
The Falcons (5-4-0, 3-2-0) face a stiff challenge next Tuesday, when they play Molalla (5-3-1, 3-1-1) on the road. The Indians stopped the Falcons 3-0 when the two teams met at La Salle on Sept. 25.