Quick strikes land Gophers a shutout win
Three first-half goals give Gresham a win over rival Barlow
The Gresham girls soccer team pounced early, netting two goals in the first 10 minutes, to knock of rival Barlow 3-0 on Thursday night.
The scouting report proved useful for the Gophers, who had noticed in previous matches that Barlow was sometimes slow in relaying the ball back to their goalkeeper to reset the attack. The first time the Bruins attempted the tactic Thursday, Gresham closed in with a rush of players. Kyleigh Jandro was the first to arrive, putting the ball past the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
We saw an opportunity, Gresham coach Kathy Childress said. It was a great week for us. The things that we worked on in practice came through for us in the game.
Gresham went up 2-0 when Staci Tatum fired a free kick out of the midfield, and teammate Bailey Allen went up to redirect it into the goal off a high-bounce out in front.
The Gophers made it 3-0 by intermission when Aileen Cruz-Velasco ran onto a loose ball on the doorstep and put a clean winner into the empty net.
Gresham (4-1-0) remains in second place in the Mount Hood Conference, heading into next week with matches against David Douglas and Reynolds.
Look for extended coverage in the Tuesday, Oct. 2, edition of The Outlook.
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