Tualatin dominates from the start in a 4-0 win over Grant

by: DAN BROOD - STAYING STRONG -- Tualatin senior defender Alyssa Durdel (2), with teammate Jordan Anderson beside her, keeps the ball away from Grant's Mia Palmer during last Thursday's match. The Wolves won 4-0. PORTLAND — Now that’s more like it.

At least that’s what the Tualatin High School girls soccer team was saying following its match with Grant last week.

The Timberwolves, who went through some ups and downs to start the season, sure seemed to put things together as they stormed to a dominating 4-0 win over the talented Generals squad in a non-league contest played last Thursday at Delta Park’s Strasser Field.

“Today, we played like we used to play,” Tualatin junior defender Ariana Pumpelly said after the match. “We wanted to show that we still play Tualatin soccer.”

“This is like we played a couple of seasons ago (when the Timberwolves won the Class 6A state championship),” said Tualatin junior Kyla Hackelman, who scored a pair of goals in the win over Grant. “This win will get us going.”

Grant fell to 4-2-1 on the season to that point with the loss.

The Timberwolves upped their overall record to 4-1 to that point with the impressive victory.

“That was the best we’ve played this year,” First-year Tualatin head coach Kalé Dwight said. “We’re starting to mesh as a team. I’m very excited about the rest of the season.”

Tualatin’s one loss on the season was a 3-0 setback at Jesuit back on Sept. 16. The Timberwolves took off from there, winning their next three matches by a 10-0 margin.

“That Jesuit game pumped us up,” Hackelman said.

“We were really motivated after the rough start,” Pumpelly said.

That motivation sure seemed to show in last Thursday’s match with Grant.

The Timberwolves, after controlling play from the start, took a 1-0 lead when Hackelman scored on a follow-up shot in the 24th minute.

by: DAN BROOD - GO GET IT -- Tualatin High School senior Jill Farley (right) battles Grant sophomore Janelle Arnold for the ball during last Thursday's non-league match held at Strasser Field. Farley scored a goal for the Timberwolves in their 4-0 victory. Tualatin senior Megan Landmark started the scoring play when her hard-hit shot from 16 yards out was blocked on a dive by Grant senior goalkeeper Brynne Schwabauer. Hackelman got to the loose ball and, from five yards away, put her shot off Schwabauer’s fingertips and inside the left post for the first goal of the match.

The Wolves kept firing away from there. Two minutes after Hackelman’s goal, Tualatin freshman Jordan Anderson had spinning shot from 21 yards out sail just wide of the Grant goal. Soon after that, Timberwolf sophomore Maura Dunigan’s header attempt off a corner kick by senior Jill Farley was kicked away right before it bounded over the goal line.

But, four minutes later, Tualatin wouldn’t be denied.

Anderson, after taking a pass from Landmark from the left side, scored on an open shot from five yards away, putting the ball in the left side of the net, to give Tualatin a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute.

The Wolves struck again just a minute later.

Hackelman, after taking a pinpoint pass from sophomore Nicole LaTourette, scoring on an open, breakaway attempt to give Tualatin a three-goal lead, which it took to halftime.

“It felt awesome,” Hackelman said of scoring a pair of goals in the win. “It was real nice.”

Tualatin kept the intensity up in the second half, getting early shots from Hackelman and Farley. At the 50-minute mark of the contest, Farley had a rocket shot from 16 yards away clank hard off the crossbar of the Grant goal.

Soon after, Tualatin was able to add on to its lead.

Farley, after taking a pass from junior Aryana Harvey, put her shot from 15 yards away on the left side of the field just inside the left post of the Generals goal to up the lead to 4-0 at the 72-minute mark.

From there, the Timberwolves got a diving save by senior goalkeeper Kelly Skoglund to help wrap up the 4-0 victory.

“We clicked today,” Hackelman said of the Tualatin offensive attack. “Our passing was really good.”

“I think we were more creative,” Pumpelly said.

Meanwhile, the Tualatin defense, featuring Pumpelly, senior Alyssa Durdel, freshman Anna Verloo, and sophomore Abbey Anderson, among others, limited Grant to just two shots on goal.

“We really bonded together,” Pumpelly said. “And we communicated well.”

“It finally came together — all parts,” Dwight said.

Tualatin opened Pacific Conference play on Tuesday by scoring a 9-0 win over Forest Grove in a match played at Tualatin High School.

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