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The Tiger girls sprint past their rivals


Tigard, playing strong all over, gets a win over Tualatin

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE MOVE -- Tigard's Emily Nguyen (13) looks to drive up field against Tualatin's Jaila Godinez (left) and Haley Firth during Friday's game.TUALATIN — It was a rivalry game.

It was a spirited contest. Both teams played hard and both teams said they had fun.

But, it’s probably safe to say that the Tigers had more fun.

The Tigard High School girls lacrosse team, playing strong from start to finish, scored a 17-4 win over rival Tualatin in a non-league match played Friday at Tualatin High School.

“We did well, and we worked really hard tonight,” Tigard senior Julia Santos said after the game. “It’s always fun when we play Tualatin — especially when we win.”

“It’s our annual rivalry game, and it’s always fun,” said Tualatin junior Kelly Skoglund, who scored three of the Timberwolves’ four goals. “It was really fun to see the excitement tonight and, no matter what, we stay positive.”

The young Tualatin team moved to 2-2 on the season with the setback.

“We’re learning something from every match,” Skoglund said. “We’re getting ready for league.”

The Tigers improved to 2-3 on the season with the victory.

“It’s going a lot better this year,” said Santos, who is one of many returnees from last year’s Tigard squad that went 3-12 on the season. “We’re working hard and we’re going to surprise some people. We’re having a lot of fun.”

“With all of the girls we have returning, we definitely have a different level of expectations,” Tigard coach McKenzie Coulson said. “For us, it’s a matter of if we believe. If we do that, we can find some success.”

Tigard seemed to find plenty of success in the early going of Friday’s match.

The Tigers, getting goals from Emily Nguyen, Ali Field and Allison Wurscher, took a 3-0 lead before the game was barely two minutes old.

Santos then scored on a shot from three yards out off a pass from Alli Bilodeau to up the lead to 4-0 with 22 minutes and 1 second left in the first half.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the field, Tigard, getting strong play on defense from Cassidy Cole, Marina Predovic, Rachel Resler, Santos and Megan Shaw, as well as save after save by sophomore goalie Reilly King, kept Tualatin off the scoreboard.

Another goal by Wurscher and a goal by Bilodeau helped Tigard push the lead to 6-0 with 18:11 remaining in the half.

Tualatin broke through, as Skoglund scored on a shot from four yards out after cutting around the back of the goal from the left side, making the score 6-1 with 12:14 left in the half.

After Tigard got a goal by Nguyen, Skoglund scored again on a drive from the left side of the field to leave the Tigers with a 7-2 lead with 6:40 left in the first half.

Tigard got a pair of goals from Wurscher in the final 3:10 of the half to open up a 9-2 lead at the intermission.

Nguyen kept things going for Tigard early in the first half, scoring on a short-range shot to make the score 10-2 with 24:23 left in the game.

Tualatin came back with a goal by Emma Fanger, who drove 40 yards up field before taking her shot, to cut the lead to 10-3 with 20:54 remaining in the game.

But the Wolves weren’t able to get any closer.

Tigard, getting goals by Bilodeau, Wurscher, coming off an assist from Field, Jarae Bean, Shannon Padbury and Nguyen upped the margin to 15-3 with 8:15 left to play in the contest.

Another goal by Padbury made the score 16-3 with 6:21 remaining.

Tualatin, still trying to fight back, got another driving goal by Skoglund to cut the lead to 16-4 with 4:06 left to play. Nguyen scored on a last-second shot to make the final 17-4.

“We caught the balls and we really got after it on both offense and defense,” Santos said.

“I was proud of the team,” Coulson said. “We’re consistently getting better. Defense is our strength right now, and for us, it’s all about team play.”

Wurscher led a balanced Tigard scoring attack in the win with five goals. Nguyen added four goals. Padbury and Bilodeau each had two goals. Bilodeau and Santos each had a pair of assists. King, a first-year player, had six saves.

Skoglund paced Tualatin with her three goals.

“Tonight, I think we learned that if our passing is effective, we do better,” she said.

Prior to Friday’s game at Tualatin, Tigard fell 14-3 at Wilsonville in a game played March 20. Nguyen, Britta Stewart and Wurscher each had a goal for Tigard in that game.

Tualatin will be back in action Tuesday when it plays Glencoe in a Northwest Oregon Conference opener starting at 8 p.m. at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

The Tigers will open their Metro League schedule on Wednesday when it hosts Jesuit at 8:30 p.m. at Tigard High School.