The defending state champs settle for a tie with unheralded Seaside

Gladstone girls soccer coach Steve Thomas is hopeful his Gladiators are quick learners. They are off to a 2-0-1 start in preseason and the tie, a 1-1 standoff with Seaside, is a game they should have won.

“The second half was fairly even, but we outshot them 14-1 in the first half,” said Thomas. “We need to be a little more selective with our shots, a little more patient. And we’ve got to use all of the field, and not just take the ball up the middle.”

Hannah Kent scored Gladstone’s lone goal at Seaside just three minutes into the contest. She put the ball away from 12 yards out, taking possession on a pass that Riley Webster put between two defenders.

The score remained 1-0 until Seaside found the net on a long blooper with 10 minutes left in the first half. It was the Gulls’ only shot on-frame in the first half.

In other games played last week, the defending state champion Gladiators shut out Scappoose (2-0) and Junction City (4-0).

Thomas was pleased with the play in Saturday’s game with Junction City.

“We passed better, had better possession and we used the whole field,” he said.

The Glads got off to a slow start, with Kendall Schumaker heading in a corner from Kelsey Hathaway for the only goal of the first half.

The Gladiators added three more goals in the first six minutes of the second half, and the game was in hand.

The second-half goals were scored by Hathaway, Webster and Megan White. White and Chelsea Entrambasaguas made assists.

Sophomore Madi Stirling got her first varsity start in-goal and made two saves. The Gladiators had nine shots on-goal for the game, Thomas said.

Hathaway scored both goals in last week’s win over Scappoose, one in each half. Her first goal was unassisted. She scored after stealing a pass and beating the Indian goalie one-on-one.

On the second goal, Allie Seymour stole the ball near midfield and sent it ahead to White, who one-touched it to Hathaway.

“We’re not going to score 80 goals this year like last year,” said Thomas. “But I like our defense. We’ve got one of the best defensive around and you don’t lose games if you’re not giving up any goals.”

The Gladiators will get an idea of how they stack up in the Tri-Valley Conference this Thursday, when they entertain conference rival Molalla in their league opener. Gladstone hosts Madras next Tuesday.

Gladstone’s boys soccer team has been impressive in early preseason. After losing to Stayton 8-4 in their season opener, the Gladiators put two games in the win column last week, defeating Seaside 6-0 and Scappoose 4-0.

They’ve got 14 goals in three games this season, which is more goals than they scored in all of last season.

“Our offense is clicking,” said Gladstone coach Tyler Lewis. “We’re moving the ball and making good decisions at the offensive end.”

The Gladiators had three players score goals in the Scappoose match and four players scored in the contest with Roosevelt.

Junior Brandon Beckwith scored twice in the match at Scappoose. Freshman Jesse Pummel and sophomore Arturo Ibarra scored single tallies. Senior Eveth Valenzuela, sophomore Joe Rosales and Pummel had assists.

Junior goalkeeper Harrison Jarret made three saves.

Junior Hector Orozco scored twice against Seaside. Valenzuela, Beckwith, Rosales and Ibarra also found the net. Sophomore Andrew Gross, Rosales, Arturo Ibarra and Victor Ibarra made assists.

Jarret made three saves.

Beckwith and Eder Zavala both scored twice in the loss to Stayton.

Gladstone guys play Molalla on the road in this Thursday’s TVC opener.

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