They unseat 4-time defending league champion Gladstone

La Salle Prep coeds were at the top of their game in last week’s Tri-Valley Conference girls soccer league final with Estacada, earning a 5-0 shutout.

The lopsided win over the Rangers earned the Falcons (11-3-0, 9-1-0) their first league title since 2008, when they went 10-0-0 in the 11-team Special District 2.

The Falcons unseated four-time defending conference champion and two-time defending state champion Gladstone, which went 8-1-1 in the TVC this fall, splitting with La Salle and tying Molalla 1-1.

“This means the world to me,” said La Salle senior team captain Joslynn Bigelow. “At Estacada, one of the girls congratulated us for [taking the league championship from Gladstone] and being such good sports. Everyone in the league wants to beat Gladstone and everyone’s happy for us that we were able to do it. We’re looking forward to representing our league in the playoffs.”

“[Winning the league championship] means a lot,” said senior co-captain Yesenia Higuera. “I’ve been on varsity three years and just to know that Gladstone is no longer league champion makes me feel really good, because I’ve always wanted to beat them. All our hard work has paid off.”

“It means a lot to me because coming in as a freshman and seeing how the seniors were crying when they lost, I didn’t want that to be the way I ended my senior year....,” said La Salle senior co-captain Courtney Crain. “It’s my senior year and I don’t want to just win league. I want to win state....

“Winning league is a really good feeling. This team is family, and the feeling I have right now is a feeling that will stay with me the rest of my life, as a memory. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

“I am very proud of the team,” said La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino. “Winning league was one of the goals the girls set for themselves and they worked hard both in and out of season to make it happen.

“We are now excited to look forward to the postseason and see what we are able to achieve in the state tournament.”

Ranked seventh in the state in the OSAA Class 4A power rankings, the Falcons (11-3-0, 9-1) were to host tenth-ranked Seaside (10-2-3) in a first-round game of the Class 4A state playoffs on Tuesday (Nov. 5). With a win in that game they’d advance to next Saturday’s quarterfinals, where they’d meet the winner of a game between second-ranked Philomath (12-1-0) and fifteenth-ranked Molalla (8-6-1).

Four different players put the ball in the net in last week’s game with Estacada. Courtney Crain found the net twice, and Keegan Storlie, Regan Russell and Claire Primack added single tallies.

Cereghino credited Alea Goodman with two assists.

It was the ninth shutout in their last 11 games for the Falcons.

Cereghino commented on his charges’ play in the Estacada game: “Keegan had a great game for us in the center of the midfield. She did a very good job of pressuring, distributing the ball, and ultimately getting the first goal onto the scoreboard.

“That first goal was the catalyst for the remainder of the game. We had numerous chances on-goal, but were having a hard time getting that final touch. Keegan was able to break the game open for us....

“Courtney Crain also did a good job for us on the wing. She did a great job, finding her passing lanes, running the wing, and scoring two goals for the team.”

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