Sherwood scores 4 second-half goals to beat Parkrose

by: DAN BROOD - FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL -- Sherwood sophomore Allison Schwarm (right) gets to the ball ahead of Parkrose's Lexi Krieger during last Thursday's match. The Lady Bowmen scored a 5-1 victory. SHERWOOD — It’s not like the Lady Bowmen played badly in the first half of their match with Parkrose.

They seemed to control the action for most of the opening 40 minutes. But, at the intermission, they found themselves in a 1-1 tie with the Broncos.

That left the Sherwood High School girls soccer team a bit upset and frustrated.

But the Lady Bowmen turned that frustration into jubilation.

Sherwood, playing a spirited, inspired second half, scored four goals in the final 40 minutes to get a 5-1 win over Parkrose in a Northwest Oregon Conference match played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

“The second half was awesome,” said Sherwood senior forward Mckenzie Cottle, who scored a pair of goals in the final 40 minutes. “We were fired-up in the second half. We didn’t want another tie.”

“We needed to step up in the second half,” first-year Sherwood coach Katie Hartman said. “We gave them momentum at the end of the first half. But the girls came out in the second half and played with intensity and composure.”

Parkrose fell to 1-1 in conference play and to 4-4 on the season at that point with the setback. Sherwood, which is trying to battle its way through injuries, improved to 6-1-2 on the season and to 1-0-1 in NWOC games, putting them in a tie with Putnam for second place in the league standings at that point.

“This win will put us in full swing,” Cottle said. “We’re determined to take league.”

The Lady Bowmen, with their sights set on the top spot in conference play, got off to a strong start in the match with Parkrose.

Sherwood took a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior Sydney Strohmaier coming with 33 minutes and 26 seconds left in the first half. Strohmaier, after taking a pass from Cottle from the right corner, hit a volley shot, striking the ball with the outside of her right foot, from five yards out to give the Lady Bowmen their early advantage.

But Parkrose answered back. The Broncos tied the game at 1-1 when sophomore Jada Krening struck an extremely hard-hit shot from 20 yards out high and inside of the right post of the Sherwood goal to knot up the DAN BROOD - TOP SCORER -- Sherwood senior Mckenzie Cottle (3) had two goals and an assist in the Lady Bowmen's 5-1 win over Parkrose.

Sherwood tried to regain the lead through the remainder of the first half. The Lady Bowmen got shots from sophomore Allison Schwarm, freshman Cameron Greene and senior Kai Morgan in the final 20 minutes of the half, but they still went to intermission in a 1-1 tie with the Broncos.

But Sherwood, which battled Rex Putnam to a scoreless tie in its previous game, was determined not to have the same fate in the match with the Broncos.

With that in mind, the Lady Bowmen regained the lead just over four minutes into the second half. Cottle, after taking a pinpoint pass from freshman Kaillen Fried, scored on a ground shot from 10 yards out, putting the ball just inside the right post, to give Sherwood a 2-1 advantage.

“That was a great pass,” Cottle said of Fried’s assist. “We work a lot together in practice. We know where each other will be.”

Just over five minutes later, the Lady Bowmen, and Cottle, struck again.

After taking a pass from senior Emily Harris, Cottle scored on a shot from five yards out to up the lead to 3-1 with 32:25 left to play.

“That felt good,” Cottle said of her back-to-back goals. “I really wanted to show Parkrose that they can’t beat Sherwood.”

The Lady Bowmen kept rolling from there.

After getting a shot on goal by Courtney Wunnicke, Sherwood pushed the margin to 4-1 when Fried scored on a line-drive shot from 20 yards out with 20:11 left to play, with her attempt going inside the left post of the Parkrose goal.

Then, with 4:45 remaining to play, Schwarm scored on a follow-up shot. Lady Bowmen junior Emily Johansen started the play with a shot from 16 yards out that was blocked on a dive by Parkrose freshman goalkeeper Monica Pettigrove. Schwarm got to the loose ball and put her attempt from five yards away into the back of the goal to make the score 5-1.

Schwarm then had two more shots in the final 1:20 of play hit the crossbar, leaving the Lady Bowmen with the 5-1 victory.

“The girls played really well,” Hartman said. “I’m proud of their effort. They’ve meshed very well as team.”

The Sherwood defense, including sophomore Taylor Cole, junior Abby Muller and Morgan, among others, limited Parkrose to just two shots on goal in the contest.

Sherwood picked up another conference win on Tuesday, when it scored a 5-0 victory over Milwaukie in a match played at Sherwood High School.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday) when they play at Wilsonville in a NWOC game set to start at 7 p.m. at Wilsonville High School. On Tuesday, Sherwood will be home to face Liberty at 7 p.m.

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