Estacada falls 6-1 against Gladiators on senior night

The Estacada girls’ soccer team honored the careers of seniors Taylor Cearley, Erin Shufelt, Emily Myers and Paz Ainely on Thursday, but that celebration was contained to the pre-match ceremony. The Rangers fell in their home finale, 6-1, to sixth-ranked Gladstone.

The Gladiators had so many weapons on the field who proved the team was worthy of its ranking. Just six minutes into the match, Gladstone got things rolling. Forward Megan White dribbled the ball up ahead of the Estacada defender and at the last possible moment, skipped it over to midfielder Rielee Jaekel who took the open shot and guided it into the net.

One minute after falling behind, Estacada did something very few teams have done against Gladstone – score a goal. Freshman Skyler Hunter crossed a pass from the left side over to Myers who was waiting on the right side about 15 yards from the post. She redirected the pass toward Gladstone goalkeeper Molly Webster who dove in desperation to deny the goal. The ball sliced away from Webster, but not so much that it missed the goal. It caught the net a foot inside the post.

Myers’ strike tied the match and was just the fifth goal scored against the Gladiators this season. Gladstone had not allowed a goal in its previous five matches.

The game-tying goal caused the Estacada fan section to erupt, but like all good teams, Gladstone responded and quieted the crowd. Three-and-a-half minutes after Myers scored, White again had the ball in the box. This time, she took a shot herself and coaxed the ball over the hands of Estacada goalkeeper Jesalyn Hunt and beneath the crossbar for Gladstone’s second goal.

The Rangers tightened up on defense and kept Gladstone out of the net for the final 29 minutes of the first half. The Gladiators, who were either nervous or irritated that Estacada was sticking around, turned up the intensity in the second half. Gladstone eliminated all complacency and pushed more vigorously to score on every possession.

Less than four minutes into the half, White struck with her second goal of the match. Five minutes later, Jaekel set up Kelsey Hathaway with a goal. In a matter of only a few minutes, Estacada’s hope was extinguished. Gladstone piled on with two more goals before it was over.

Estacada made the trip to La Salle Prep on Tuesday to take on the Falcons in the last match of the season.

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