Rex Putnam’s girls soccer team got it done last week, winning 1-0 at Sandy.

After just two league games, the defense-minded Kingsmen (1-0-1 in league, 1-3-4 overall) were one of only three Northwest Oregon Conference girls teams still undefeated in league play.

Wilsonville was 2-0-0 (6-2-1 overall) and Sherwood was 1-0-1 (6-1-2 overall). The Kingsmen played the 2012 state finalist Sherwood Bowgirls in their season opener and battled to a scoreless tie.

Putnam coach Alex Ponce commented on the win at Sandy:

“It’s our first win as a team, and that’s exciting! But I don’t feel it’s been our only victory this season. We had a challenging preseason, playing a couple 6A schools, so results were always going to be difficult. We knew that, but we still managed to mature as a group, match after match....

“Some positive news about injuries is that we could have Lindsay Shaw and Makenzie Maier back fully with us soon.... Sydney Gibbons is still going to be out for a little longer, unfortunately.”

Ponce noted that the absence of Shaw and Makenzie Maier has presented an added challenge for the Kingsmen this fall, as they are two of Putnam’s top offensive players.

Freshman forward Maleah Maier earned heroine honors in last week’s game with Sandy, beating the keeper near post on a shot taken on a free kick from 30 yards out.

The goal was scored early in the game and the Kingsmen had several other scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the net.

“Our back line did a superb job keeping the ball in front of the them....,” Ponce said. “Megan Spaulding, our left back, grew a bit last game. It was a very mature performance. She was great at winning the ball and keeping possession for us, finding our target players.

“Tiana Swenson had her best game in a Putnam jersey. She was all over the place. making tackles, switching the ball offensively, and earning us free kicks in dangerous areas. Truly an exceptional performance. She deserved it, after all her work in training at understanding her position in the midfield.”

It was the fourth shutout of the season for Putnam keeper Bella Geist and the Kingsmen defense.

The Kingsmen were to meet Parkrose (4-4-0, 1-1-0) on the road on Tuesday. They play host to Liberty (3-6-0, 1-1-0) this Thursday and they travel to Wilsonville next Tuesday.

Sherwood and Wilsonville were ranked first and third in the state respectively heading into play this week. Putnam was ranked 15th.

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