Hathaway puts four balls in the net in a 6-0 rout

MADRAS — Gladstone High School's defending state champion girls soccer team last week continued on track for a shot at another state title, upending Madras 6-0 in a game that wasn't event that close.

Gladstone coach Steve Thomas gave 18 players playing time and he told his athletes to stop trying to score after senior midfielder Kelsey Hathaway put Gladstone's sixth goal in the net 18 minutes into the second half. It was the fourth goal of the game for Hathaway, who assisted on a fifth goal.

Seniors Kendall Schumaker and Megan White also scored for Gladstone. Juniors Hannah Kent and Riley Webster had assists, along with freshman Rielee Jaekel.

“The girls played really well,” Thomas said. “We moved the ball around and played to space.”

Thomas had his Gladiators with 28 shots through the first 18 minutes of the second half, 19 of them on-frame.

He had his goalkeepers, sophomore Madi Stirling and junior Molly Webster, with only one save between them.

It was the eighth shutout of the season for Stirling and Webster.

The two keepers and Gladstone's defense have held opponents to just four goals in their first 11 games of the 2013 season.

Last week's win at Madras left the Gladiators (8-1-2, 5-1-1) in second place in the Tri-Valley Conference, trailing La Salle (9-2-0, 7-0-0).

Gladstone was to meet La Salle in a home game on Monday (Oct. 21). Gladstone concludes the regular season, playing at Estacada (3-5-2, 2-3-2) this Thursday and hosting North Marion (1-7-3, 0-5-2) next Tuesday.

“The league championship is out of reach,” said Thomas. “We're fighting for RPI ranking now. There are seven leagues in 4A, and the best second-place team in the state will get the eighth first-round bye [in the Class 4A playoffs]. If we win out, I think we're going to get it.”

La Salle and Gladstone were ranked seventh and ninth in the state respectively heading into play this week.

Postseason play begins with a play-in round on Saturday, Nov. 2. The first round of the Class 4A state playoffs is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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