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Lady Bowmen start fast, finish fast

Sherwood pulls away from Tualatin to get a 20-11 win


by: DAN BROOD - NEAR THE NET -- Sherwood High School junior Sarah Cushing (left) looks to control the ball in front of Tualatin's Haley Bevandich during Friday's game. The Lady Bowmen got a 20-11 victory. TUALATIN — Back and forth.

The Sherwood High School girls lacrosse team got off to a flying start.

The Tualatin High School squad battled back in a big way to finish the first half.

The Timberwolves then carried their momentum into the early part of the second half.

But the Lady Bowmen finished with a flurry.

And, with its fantastic finish, Sherwood pulled away to score a 20-11 win over the Wolves in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Friday at Tualatin High School.

“This was definitely a good win,” said Sherwood senior Lacy Bjorndal, who led a balanced Lady Bowmen scoring attack with six goals. “League games are so big. We were worried about this one. We didn’t know what to expect.”

“It’s always fun playing Sherwood,” said Tualatin senior Kelly Skoglund, who paced the Wolves with six goals. “They’re tough competition. Both teams are vying for a top spot.”

With the win, the Lady Bowmen improved to 6-2 in NWOC play to that point (8-2 overall) putting them in second place in the conference standings.

“We only have one team this year,” Bjorndal said, referring to the fact that Sherwood doesn’t have a junior varsity squad. “So I didn’t know how good we’d be, but it’s going good. I’m happy.”

Tualatin moved to 3-4 in conference play at that point and to 5-4 on the season with the setback.

“We have a pretty young team this year,” Skoglund said. “We’re still learning.”

by: DAN BROOD - NICE CATCH -- Sherwood senior Lacy Bjorndal (right), in front of Tualatin goalie Noelle Hutchinson, reaches up high to grab the ball.Sherwood got off to a roaring start to Friday’s game.

Lady Bowmen sophomore Hannah Reid scored off an assist from sophomore Morgann Bowers to give Sherwood a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the 25-minute first half. Three minutes later, Reid scored off another Bowers pass to make the score 2-0.

Skoglund answered with a driving goal from the left side of the net to cut the lead to 2-1 with 20:09 left in the first half, but the Lady Bowmen took off from there.

Bjorndal scored three goals, senior Avery Rosenbalm added a pair of goals and Reid, Bowers and freshman Kendra Ellerton scored one goal apiece in a span of less than nine minutes to push the Sherwood lead to 10-1 with 10:34 remaining in the first half.

“We wanted to come out strong and take the lead,” Bjorndal said of Sherwood’s impressive start to the contest.

The Lady Bowmen sure seemed to meet that goal, but Tualatin wasn’t about to give up.

The Wolves got back-to-back goals from Cailey Lennehan and Emma Fanger added a goal to end the Lady Bowmen scoring spree and cut the lead to 10-4 with 8:24 left in the half.

Bjorndal, driving to the Tualatin goal from 50 yards away, scored to momentarily end the Timberwolf streak, but the home team came battling back again.

Skoglund scored four goals in the final 7:49 of the first half to help the Wolves cut the Sherwood lead to 13-8 at halftime.

“We got a lot of momentum to end the first half,” Skoglund said. “It came from draw control and possession.”

Skoglund also had the opening tally of the second half, scoring on a shot from four yards away to make the score 13-9 with 23:46 left to play in the contest.

“At that point, we were thinking that we needed to take care of the ball,” Bjorndal said. “And we needed to clean things up on defense.”

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE RUN -- Tualatin senior Kelly Skoglund (center) looks to run up field between Sherwood's Riley Stewart (left) and Kendra Ellerton.Well, whatever the Lady Bowmen did, it worked.

Sherwood answered Skoglund’s opening goal of the second half by going on a 6-0 run, which included three goals by Ellerton, two by Bowers and one by Bjorndal.

Bowers’ goal on a shot from eight yards away upped the Sherwood lead to 19-9 with 10:27 left to play.

Tualatin got goals from Jordan Mitchell and from Fanger in the final 9:09, and the Lady Bowmen got one more goal from Bjorndal to make the final score 20-11.

“We came out and played hard,” said Bjorndal, who will play college lacrosse at the University of Redlands.

In addition to Bjorndal’s six goals, Sherwood got five goals from Bowers, four from Ellerton and three from Reid.

In addition to Skoglund’s two goals, Tualatin got two goals apiece from Fanger and Lennehan and one from Mitchell.



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