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Geist excels in 1-0 win over Liberty


The Kingsmen goalie scores the only goal in an overtime win

After suffering a tough, tough 3-2 loss to Parkrose on Oct. 15, Putnam's girls soccer team bounced back to win a 1-0 thriller over Liberty last Thursday.

Putnam senior Bella Geist garnered heroine honors for the Kingsmen, earning the shutout and scoring the winning goal — on a penalty kick in overtime.

“Bella had a special night,” said Putnam coach Alex Ponce. “It was a very professional performance. Scoring the game-winner as a keeper is something that doesn't happen often.

“She controlled much of the match from goal, directing and shifting our defense, keeping them on their defensive assignments and limiting Liberty's chances on-goal.... She was quick in her decision-making, and she played a large role in getting us another clean sheet. It was a pleasure to watch.”

Ponce also had praise for junior defending Madi Kading.

“Madi virtually closed down any counterattack liberty threw at us....,” Ponce said. “She had some solid tackles and broke up a lot of liberty's offense with her anticipation and physical strength.”

Battling an uphill battle most of the way, the Kingsmen trailed Parkrose 3-1 near the midpoint of the second half.

Freshman Maleah Maier scored both Putnam goals. The first came five minutes into the second half, where she ran onto a through ball over the top, broke free and slotted it low left of the keeper from 10 yards out. The goal knotted the score at 1-1.

Maier scored again with 10 minutes remaining to make it a one-goal game, at 3-2. But that was as close as the Kingsmen could get. The assist came from freshman Megan Spaulding.

“We found a lot of success getting to the final third,” said Ponce. “But we couldn't find the back of the net.”

Ponce had kind words for Maier and freshman Maggie Batz for their efforts in the losing effort:

“Along with Maleah's standout performance netting her second and third goals in her last two matches, Maggie Batz had a very impressive display on the wing. She was bombing up and down, getting behind the back line, producing numerous opportunities for us with her pace and creativity.”

The Kingsmen (2-4-4, 2-1-1) travel to Milwaukie (3-6-1, 0-4-0) on Thursday, for a showdown with their cross-town rivals. They conclude the regular season next Tuesday, at St. Helens (4-5-2, 1-2-1).