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The girls soccer powers play to an intense 1-1 deadlock

by: DAN BROOD - GOAL SCORERS -- Sherwood sophomore Allison Schwarm (left) and Tigard sophomore Natalie Bryant battle for the ball. They each scored a goal in last Thursday's match, which ended in a 1-1 tie. TIGARD — The neighboring Tigard and Sherwood high school girls soccer teams have a few things in common.

Both squads boast rosters of talented players.

Both teams have high hopes for the 2013 season.

Both sides really, really wanted to win when they faced off last week.

And, maybe because of those similarities, neither squad was able to claim victory.

The powerhouse Tiger and Lady Bowmen teams battled to a 1-1 tie in their non-league match played last Thursday at Tigard High School.

“That was super intense,” said Sherwood sophomore forward Allison Schwarm, who scored the Lady Bowmen’s goal in the contest. “Oh my gosh, I’m happy. We worked super hard for this. I’m really proud of our team. This shows how much we’ve improved since the start of the season.”

“We came into this game knowing they were good,” Tigard sophomore defender Rachel Josephson said. “Both teams played really hard. Now, we just need to keep it up.”

“We had to work together,” said Tigard sophomore forward Natalie Bryant, who scored the Tigers’ goal.

With the tie, Sherwood moved to 5-1-1 on the season.

“That was a fun game,” Sherwood senior defender Kai Morgan said. “It was good for us.”

Tigard moved to 5-0-1 at that point on the season with the tie.

“It was a good game,” Tigard coach Paul Slover said. “I liked the way we played. We just lacked some intensity at times.”

Tigard looked to gain control early in last week’s match, getting shots on goal from both freshman Jordy Lockrem and senior Megan Franz in the first five minutes of the contest. But Sherwood freshman goalkeeper Madison Reimer made saves on both of those attempts.

Schwarm had a turnaround shot from 20 yards out sail wide left of the Tiger goal with 20 minutes and 35 seconds left in the first half.

Tigard answered back with a header attempt by senior Emilee Cincotta, coming off a corner kick by junior Sarah Schaffer and back-to-back shots on goal by senior Erin Graham.

Junior midfielder Sydney Strohmaier had a pair of shots on goal for the Lady Bowmen in the final nine minutes of the first half.

by: DAN BROOD - CLOSE MATCH -- Sherwood High School freshman Kaillen Fried (left) looks to get the ball up field against Tigard sophomore Ellie Freeman in last Thursday's contest.But both teams’ defenses — including junior Abby Muller, Morgan, senior Emily Harris and sophomore Taylor Cole for Sherwood and freshman Melinda Myers, sophomore Raney Roche, Schaeffer and Josephson for Tigard — were up to the task, as the first half ended with the squads in a scoreless tie.

“We did a lot of talking,” Morgan said. “We communicated and worked together.”

“We got off to a rough start to the season on defense with some injuries,” Josephson said of the Tigard defense. “But we’re playing well, now.”

Tigard broke the scoreless tie with Bryant’s goal early in the second half.

After taking a pass from senior Kyla Smart, Bryant knocked the ball up in the air, chased it down and fired a shot from seven yards out into the left side of the Sherwood goal to give Tigard a 1-0 lead with 37:46 left in the match.

“That was so scary,” Bryant said with a laugh. “But, when it went in, it was so exhilarating. It felt great.”

Sherwood quickly tried to battle back, getting a shot on goal from Strohmaier. Then, with 21:17 remaining to play, Lady Bowmen senior forward Courtney Wunnicke looked to have a prime scoring chance as she had what looked to be an open path to get a loose ball in front of the Tigard goal. But Josephson was able to clear the ball away right before Wunnicke could get to it.

But, soon after, Sherwood wouldn’t be denied.

With 20:21 left to play, the Lady Bowmen were awarded a free kick from 20 yards out on the left side of the field. Schwarm took the kick and, right before she hit it, Sherwood assistant coach Robert Lettin yelled out “Bend it in, Beckham.”

That’s exactly what Schwarm did.

She hit her kick high and in front of the Tigard goal, with the ball bending to the left at the last moment, drifting inside the right post to tie the match at 1-1.

“I heard it,” Schwarm said of her coach’s advice. “It was in the back of my mind. I took a deep breath and kicked it. I had a feeling it was good.”

Both teams tried to get a go-ahead goal from there — battling right to the end. With 46 seconds left to play, Strohmaier had a shot on goal from 17 yards out, but Tigard sophomore goalkeeper Larysa Cleaver made the save. Then, with just 7 seconds remaining, Cole was able to clear the ball away from Smart as she tried to make her way toward the Lady Bowmen goal.

“This should give us confidence going into league,” Schwarm said. “We were a little nervous tonight, but we played through it.”

The Tigers are also hoping to benefit from last week’s match.

“This was a good one for us going into league,” Josephson said.

Tigard opened its Pacific Conference schedule Tuesday by scoring a 4-1 win over Glencoe in a match played at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

The Tigers will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Century in a conference match starting at 7 p.m. at Tigard High School. On Tuesday, the Tigers will travel to McMinnville for a 7:15 p.m. conference match.

Sherwood opens its Northwest Oregon Conference schedule today when it plays at Rex Putnam at 7:30 p.m.

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