Sherwood runs to a 16-4 league victory against Tualatin

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE RUN -- Sherwood junior Lacey Bjorndal (left) and Tualatin's Kelly Skoglund race up field during last week's Northwest Oregon Conference match. The Lady Bowmen got a 16-4 victory. TUALATIN — The Sherwood High School girls lacrosse team has set some goals for the rest of the season.

The Lady Bowmen want to get some wins — a lot of them. They also are looking to build their confidence.

Well, they sure seemed to take a step forward toward those goals last week.

The Sherwood girls, carrying some high hopes, ran to a 16-4 victory over Tualatin in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played April 24 at Tualatin High School.

“That’s a pretty good win,” Sherwood senior Kelsey Wood said after the game. “We want to try and win the rest of our games. We’re getting our confidence up. We have a lot of new players this year.”

“We’ve done a lot of team bonding,” Sherwood junior Lacey Bjorndal added. “We just want to win.”

Tualatin moved to 2-7 in league games and to 4-9 on the season, to that point, with the loss. The Lady Bowmen improved to 7-1 in NWOC play and to 9-3 overall with the victory.

“This game was important to us,” Bjorndal said. “We want to move up in the rankings so we can get a home playoff game.”

The Lady Bowmen got off to a flying start in last week’s game.

Bjorndal scored on a short-range shot to give Sherwood a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the 25-minute first half. Less than a minute later, a goal by Wood upped the margin to 2-0.

Sherwood’s Maggie Bolden then scored back-to-back goals, both coming off assists from Wood, to push the lead to 4-0 with 17:56 remaining in the first half.

The Lady Bowmen kept rolling from there. Goals from Marisa Eligio and Chanze Hagen, followed by back-to-back tallies by Wood, up the Sherwood lead to 8-0 with 13:22 left in the first half.

Meanwhile, the Sherwood defense, including Emily Snyder, Nicole Callahan, Kelli Mahoney and Abigail McCullen, among others, was keeping Tualatin in check.

The Timberwolves did get shots on goal from Emma Fanger, Macayla Smith and Missy Misner in the first part of the opening half, but those shots were all blocked by Sherwood goalie Samantha Stewart.

Tualatin broke through to get its first goal of the contest, coming on a driving shot by Kelly Skoglund, to cut the lead to 8-1 with 11:36 remaining in the first half.

But Sherwood answered with back-to-back goals by Bjorndal and a goal by Eligio to up its advantage to 11-1 at halftime.

The Lady Bowmen kept their momentum early in the second half. Bjorndal scored on a drive coming off an assist from Mahoney and Wood added a goal after driving from around the back of the net to push the lead to 13-1 with 22:46 remaining in the contest.

Another goal by Bjorndal, this one coming off a pass by Wood, increased the margin to 14-1 with 15:19 remaining.

Tualatin kept on fighting. The Wolves broke Sherwood’s scoring streak with a goal by Smith, coming with 10:26 left to play. Misner then came up with a steal and driving goal and Skoglund scored on a spinning shot from eight yards out to make the score 14-4 with 2:53 left to play.

But Sherwood answered with consecutive goals from Eligio and Boldin to close out the 16-4 victory.

“We communicated well and we ran our plays well,” Wood said of the victory. “This was very fun.”

“We hustled,” Bjorndal said. “That was big.”

Bjorndal led the Sherwood scoring attack with five goals. Wood scored four goals. Bolden and Eligio added three goals apiece. Stewart had nine saves for the Lady Bowmen.

Skoglund paced Tualatin with two goals. Timberwolf goalie Nicole Hutchinson had nine saves.

On Friday, Sherwood was edged 13-12 by Liberty in a league game played at Liberty High School. The Lady Bowmen were slated to host Liberty in a rematch on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it hosts rival Wilsonville in a league contest set to start at 7:30 p.m. at Sherwood High School. The Lady Bowmen will also be home Tuesday to play Newberg at 7:30 p.m.

The Tualatin girls were slated to play at Clackamas in a non-league game on Wednesday.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday when they travel to Liberty for a 9 p.m. league contest. On Monday, Tualatin will play at Newberg at 7 p.m. The Wolves will be home Wednesday to play Glencoe at 6 p.m.

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