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Newberg High School earns its first point in Three Rivers League play with 2-2 draw

TIGARD — No, it wasn't a win. But it was the next best thing. And the Newberg girls soccer team will take it.

The Tigers led 2-1 at halftime thanks to a pair of goals from forward Maggee Hodgdon, but had to settle for a 2-2 tie versus Tigard Oct. 4.DAN BROOD -- TIGARD/TUALATIN TIMES -  Abby Durrell prepares to volley the ball during Newberg's 2-2 tie at Tigard Oct. 4.

"That was the best soccer we've played all season," Hodgdon said. "That's how we want to play the rest of the way."

Tigard got off to a fast start, scoring on a shot from 10 yards out just 1 minute and 32 seconds into the match.

Hodgdon, however, quickly breathed life into Newberg's cause a few minutes later. The junior tied the match at 1-1, scoring on a shot from 30 yards away on the left side with 35:37 remaining in the first half.

Unfortunately, sophomore goalkeeper Ashleigh Rickert was injured about 10 minutes later after taking a knee to the head as she ran out to block an open shot. Freshman Caitlyn Graham took over for her in goal.

Then, with 16:36 remaining in the first half, Tigard was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty box. Hodgdon took the ensuing penalty kick and put her shot just past diving goalkeeper Natalie Carlson to give Newberg a 2-1 advantage.

"I always hit it in the same spot," Hodgdon said. "I stayed focused and stayed calm."

The lead proved to be short lived, though, as Tigard's Gabby McGaughey fired a shot into the upper right corner of the Newberg goal from 26 yards away to tie the match at 2-2 with 38:06 remaining to play.

Junior Ashley Morse, who is listed as a midfielder, played at goalie for the visiting Tigers in the second half of the match and helped preserve the draw.

With the tie, the Tigers (0-9-1, 0-4-1 TRL) moved up to eighth place. They won't return to the field until Oct. 17 for a road match versus Lake­ridge.

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