Spartans win their seventh straight soccer match with a 4-2 triumph over crosstown rival Century

Coming back from a two-goal deficit might seem an intimidating proposition for some soccer teams.

As it turns out, though, that’s no big deal for the Hillsboro girls soccer squad. In Tuesday night’s match at Hillsboro Stadium, the Spartans used three goals by the Taube sisters and Eileen Reyna’s game-winner late in the first half to blow by Century for a 4-2 victory.

The win, the team’s seventh in a row, lifted Hilhi to a 7-1 overall record and to 1-0 in Pacific Conference play. The Jaguars fell to 2-4-1 overall and 0-1 in league HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Century midfielder Vicky Monterroso dribbles away from Hillsboro's Kylee Taube during Tuesday's Pacific Conference soccer match. Hilhi won 4-2 to remain undefeated in league play.

“The word’s probably resilient. The girls are resilient,” Spartans coach Dean Miyama said. “We’ve given up the first goal in a few games but managed to come back from it. It’s just a testament to the girls.”

The win was doubly impressive because the Spartans competed without one of their team leaders, Bri Miyama. The sophomore midfielder sustained a mild concussion in the squad’s 5-4 victory against Wilson last week.

In the younger Miyama’s absence, the Spartans did not look great in the early going on Tuesday. Instead, Century came out hot.

Liz Hansen put the Jaguars on the scoreboard in just the fourth minute, when Hilhi goalkeeper Emily Jones got a mitt on Hansen’s shot, but the ball still had enough momentum to carry into the net. The Spartans tried to answer four minutes later, when midfielder Sami Moellmer tested Century goalkeeper Sydney Fitch from distance, but Fitch made the save.

The Jaguars added to their advantage in the 10th minute, when Micaela Brophy streaked down the right sideline with the ball before finding Natalie VanDomelen in the penalty area. The sophomore forward then sent a strike from about 13 yards past Jones to put the home team up 2-0.

“In my younger days I would have been going crazy on the sideline, but I trust this group,” Miyama said.

The Spartans rewarded Miyama’s trust by charging back to pick up their first win against the Jaguars since 2007. Kylee Taube started the comeback less than a minute after VanDomelen’s goal.

“(The ball) got played in the center and the goalie dropped it, and then it kind of rolled off of my body into the goal, so I just followed it in,” the senior forward said.

In the 15th minute, little sister Kennedy Taube got in on the scoring, running onto a diagonal ball on the left side of the field and playing a shot to the far post past Fitch.

Just like that, the Spartans — who possessed the ball for significant stretches of the contest — were back to even.

They pulled ahead in the 37th minute, when Reyna won a ball on the right side of the penalty area and fired past Fitch from close range.

“I actually feel that we did good,” the freshman midfielder said. “We have been passing really good and we are not overconfident.”

Ever opportunistic, Kylee Taube added an insurance goal in the 53rd minute when she slammed home a rebound from a few feet out for her second goal of the match.

“I think we’re really excited now after we’ve won our first one,” Taube said. “We really wanted to win this game, so we’re ... pumped to keep playing league games.”

As for Century, the loss was difficult in more ways than one. Senior midfielder Cassidy VanDomelen was lost for the match and possibly longer after leaving early in the second half with an apparent knee injury.

“First 10 minutes — ecstatic about,” Century coach Taylor Hukill said. “The rest of the game, we fell asleep, we let them beat us, and we fell apart. Now we have to deal with the loss of (VanDomelen) with a potential ACL tear. It was a rough night for us.”

Both teams faced league powers on Thursday (results not available at press deadline), when the Spartans hosted Tualatin and Century traveled to Tigard. Next Tuesday, Hilhi faces Glencoe at Hare Field and the Jaguars host Forest Grove at Hillsboro Stadium.

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