Showdown with Molalla on tap next Tuesday

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Kendall Schumaker heads the ball into the net for Gladstones first goal in last weeks 3-0 win over La Salle. The assist came from Madi Cronin, on a long throw-in.The Gladstone Gladiators were in top form in girls soccer last week, as they earned shutouts over cross-town rival La Salle (3-0) and over Madras (5-0).

“It was our best game of the year,” Gladstone coach Steve Thomas said of his charges’ play in last Thursday’s win over the Falcons. “Except for around 10 minutes at the start of the second half, we played great!”

Thomas had his Gladiators with a 20-6 advantage in shots and a 13-5 advantage in shots on-frame.

He said his chargers were clearly dominant in the first half of the La Salle game, although their lead was only 1-nil at halftime.

Kendall Schumaker scored the first goal midway through the first half, heading the ball off a defender and just inside the near post off a long throw-in from Madi Cronin.

The score remained 1-0 until sophomore Riley Webster found the net during a scrum with 15 minutes to play.

The play started with a long pass from Cronin. Kendall Schumaker got two shots off as she took on La Salle’s keeper one-on-one. Webster continued the assault, firing on-frame twice more, with her second shot finding the net.

Three minutes later, Gladstone junior Kelsey Hathaway scored on a counter attack, and the game belonged to Gladstone.

Thomas described Hathaway’s goal: “Kendall [Schumaker] crossed the ball in to Amber [Jensen]. Amber back-healed it to Kelsey, who was wide open, and Kelsey beat the goalie one-on-one.”

The Gladiators accomplished the win over the Falcons without first-team all-conference goalie Molly Webster, who sat out the game nursing a concussion.

Sophomore Gabrielle Wachlin filled in for Webster, making five saves, and earning her first varsity shutout.

“Gabby was outstanding,” Thomas said. “She made a huge save on a shot by Amanda Byrne that I thought was going in. We were up 1-0 at the time. That shot goes in, and who knows what happens.”

Thomas also lauded Victoria Finley, Taylor Plunkett, Julia Schumaker and Mikaela Simac for their defensive play in the La Salle game.

He also praised Cronin for her defensive play in the second half, when she was given the assignment of keeping track of Byrne.

The Gladiators rolled to a 5-0 first-half advantage in last week’s game at Madras and Thomas was able to rest his starters for most of the second half.

Jensen headed the scoring with a first-half hat trick, and she played goalie in the second half. Hathaway and freshman Allie Nordby also scored in the 5-0 rout.

The Gladiators (5-1-1, 2-0-1) begin the second round of league play next Tuesday, when they play host to Molalla (4-2-1, 2-0-1).

Cavaliers shut out OC, LO

The Clackamas Cavaliers put two games in the win column last week, defeating Oregon City 2-0 and Lake Oswego 1-0.

The pair of wins left the Cavaliers (3-3-1, 3-1) tied with Lakeridge (4-3-1, 3-1) in first place in the Three Rivers League standings. Clackamas coeds were to conclude the first half of the Three Rivers League season this Tuesday (Oct. 2), hosting West Linn (5-2-0, 2-2), while the Pacers played Canby (6-2-0, 2-2) on the road.

Last week’s win at Lake Oswego was a nailbiter. Heroine honors went to the Cavalier defense and to Claudia Flores, who scored off a pass from Courtney Cox 10 minutes into the second half for the game’s only goal.

“We came out a bit sloppy in first half and didn’t really do much passing or possessing,” said Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor. “Second half was much better. We began to settle the ball and string together some passes, which really opened things up for us as far as opportunities.

“We were able to capitalize on one early in the second half. We continued to press in the second half, hitting the crossbar or post on three occasions.

“Kaitlyn Reiner and Riley Mitchell had solid games in center D, as well as Sam Haehlen and Erika Shaw on the outside — with keeper Jade Haehlen keeping a shut out.”

Jade Haehlen had been out most of this season recuperating from an injury.

Shaw and Sam Moultrie scored for the Cavaliers in last week’s shutout of Oregon City. Shaw make the first goal just a minute into the game, putting the ball away from just outside the 18.

Moultrie scored off a corner kick late in the first half. Holly Hunt sent the ball in, Mckenzie Giancola headed it to Moultrie, and Moultrie put it away.

Jade Haehlen came through with a clutch save on a breakaway late in the game to preserve her second shutout of the week.

Mansoor singled out Mitchell and Sarah Jones for their play on defense.

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