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Glads eke out a 1-0 win in a mud-fest at North Marion


The defending state champs entered postseason play with a 12-1-1 record, and 12 shutouts

It wasn’t pretty, but the defending state champion Gladstone Gladiators closed out their 2012 Tri-Valley Conference girls soccer season with a 1-0 shutout of North Marion in an Oct. 30 game played in the mud at North Marion.

“The conditions were horrendous,” said Gladstone coach Steve Thomas. “The girls were mud head-to-toe. It was a terrible field.”

Although the Gladiators clearly dominated the game, the contest nearly ended in a scoreless tie.

“[Gladstone goalkeeper] Gabby [Wachlin] never touched the ball the whole game,” Thomas said.

Thomas had his Gladiators with a 24-3 advantage in shots taken and he said that the Huskies never did get a shot off on-frame. Players on both teams were “slipping and falling in the mud all game long,” Thomas said.

Gladstone senior Amber Jensen scored with just eight minutes remaining to gain the Gladiators the victory. Jensen headed the ball in off a long throw-in from Madi Cronin.

“Amber had at least 10 shots,” Thomas said. “She was taken down in the box four times in the second half. We pounded them....”

It was the 12th shutout and the ninth consecutive win for the Tri-Valley Conference champion Gladiators (12-1-1, 9-0-1), who had outscored their opponents 58-2 heading into this Tuesday’s (Nov. 6) state playoff opener with 17th-ranked Cottage Grove (11-5).

The Gladiators were ranked third — behind Mazama (13-0-1) and Scappoose (13-1-0) — in the final OSAA power rankings. With a win over the Lions on Tuesday, they’ll have a home game on Saturday with 10th-ranked Sisters (12-3-0) or sixth-ranked Molalla (9-4-1) in Saturday’s Class 4A quarterfinals.

The Gladiators’ only loss this season was in a 1-0 barnburner with second-ranked Scappoose (13-1-0), a team they’ll meet in next Tuesday’s semifinals, if both teams advance to that game. Gladstone defeated Molalla 2-0 on Oct. 9, after battling to a 1-1 tie with the Indians earlier in the season.

“We didn’t have a full team and we ran out of gas in the 90-degree heat [the last time we played Scappoose],” Thomas said. “We outshot them and we hit the post. I’m pretty confident we can beat them with a full lineup. I can guarantee it won’t be a 1-0 game the next time we play them.”

La Salle coeds breezed by Estacada 5-0 in their Oct. 30 Tri-Valley Conference soccer final, with five different players putting the ball in the net.

Seniors Chloe Basile and Amanda Byrne, juniors Megan White and Joslynn Bigelow and sophomore Claire Primack all scored goals.

La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino singled out Basile as his “player of the match.”

“Chloe had a great game as our starting left midfield player,” Cereghino said. “She assisted the goal which led to our quick opening. It set the tone for the rest of the game and got the team going in the right direction. Her goal in the second half was beautifully hit.”

It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Falcons, but the win did not come without cost. Starting goalkeeper Sydney Chvilicek left the game midway through the first half with a concussion, after getting kicked in the head.

Courtney Crain, Regan Russell and White all took a turn in-goal in Chvilicek’s absence.

The Falcons (5-4-1) finished third — behind Gladstone (9-0-1) and Molalla (7-2-1) — in the TVC standings.

Ranked 11th in the OSAA power rankings, the Falcons (8-6-1 overall) made it look easy in Saturday’s Class 4A state play-in game with Ridgeview, breezing to a 6-1 rout of the Ravens.

Five different La Salle players found the net. Basile headed the effort with two goals and an assist, while Tayla Holenstein, Kate Christoferson, Byrne and Yesenia Higuera chipped in with single tallies.

The win advanced the Falcons to a Nov. 6 first-round state playoff game at eighth-ranked Junction City (10-4-1). With a win in that game, they’d advance to a Saturday quarterfinal game with 18th-ranked Brookings (11-4-0) or Scappoose.

“I am very proud of the way the girls fought today,” Cereghino said. “As a team, we have had a week full of bad news. Sydney Chvilicek and Jen McNassar were injured in our league final with Estacada. We lost Megan White and Courtney Crain when they were injured in practice. Even through all this, the team came together and played as one.”

Cereghino said that Chvilicek (concussion) would likely miss the playoff game at Junction City. He said that it was unknown as to whether Crain (bruised ribs) or McNassar (knee) would be able to play in that game.