The Tigard and Sherwood girls teams battle to a 1-1 deadlock

by: DAN BROOD - GETTING AFTER IT -- Sherwood High School senior Meghan Schoen (front) and Tigard junior Megan Franz battle for the ball in last week's match at Sherwood. The Lady Bowmen and Tigers played to a 1-1 deadlock. SHERWOOD — They are two traditionally successful squads.

But, it seems that those teams, located just a few miles apart, never got to go up against each other. But that changed last week. And the result was a hard-fought, back-and-forth match — with neither team coming out the victor.

The talented Tigard and Sherwood high school girls soccer squads battled to a 1-1 tie in a non-league contest played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

“That was real intense,” Tigard freshman defender Rachel Josephson said after the match. “They were a real good challenge. It was good for us to play a team like that.”

“It was good,” said Sherwood senior goalkeeper Kyeli Hendryx, who didn’t allow a goal in her 66 minutes in of action. “And it was intense. I don’t think we played to our potential, but tonight showed us a lot.”by: DAN BROOD - IN FRONT -- Tigard freshman Raney Roche stays ahead of Sherwood senior Mikayla Howes.

Tigard, playing in its final match before opening Pacific Conference play, moved to 4-1-2 on the season with the tie.

“I think this will help us going into league,” Josephson said.

Sherwood, playing its final match before beginning its Northwest Oregon Conference slate, moved to 5-0-2 on the season.

“I think we’re ready for league,” Hendryx said. “They were some of the best competition we’ve had all season. We’ll benefit from this.”

Both teams’ defenses took charge in the first part of the match, although, the Lady Bowmen tried to put on the pressure in the early going.

Tigard senior defender Berit Foster blocked a shot by Sherwood sophomore forward Sarah Garoutte in the first four minutes of the contest.

In the 16th minute, Lady Bowmen senior Meghan Schoen blasted a shot on goal from 18 yards out, but Tiger freshman goalie Larysa Cleaver made the save.

Hendryx also made a key defensive play in the opening 20 minutes of the first half, as she leaped to punch away a Tigard corner kick with 21 minutes and 7 seconds remaining before halftime.

But, with 17:44 left in the first half, the Lady Bowmen broke through after the Tigers where whistled for a foul on Garoutte as she drove in the penalty box toward the Tigard goal.

Garoutte put the ensuing penalty kick into the right side of the goal to give Sherwood a 1-0 lead.

But the Tigers were able to tie up the match after getting an impressive goal by junior Emilee Cincotta coming with 8:48 left in the first half. Cincotta, after taking a pass from freshman Natalie Bryant, hit a high, hard bending shot from 20 yards out, with the ball sailing just under the crossbar of the Sherwood goal.

“That was a great shot,” Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. “No one could have stopped it.”

Sherwood got a last second shot on goal by Garoutte to end the first half, but Cleaver made the save to keep the score tied a 1-1 going into the intermission.

The Lady Bowmen defense, including senior Taylor Gersch, senior Tear’sa Krieger, senior Annie Govig and freshman Taylor Cole, among others, allowed Tigard just the one shot on goal in the first half.

The Tigard defense, including sophomore Madison Bickel, sophomore Sarah Schaffer, Josephson and Foster, among others, was almost just as stingy, allowing four shots on goal in the opening 40 minutes.

Both defenses were unyielding in the second half, but both offenses also tried to pick up the pace.

With 29:03 left in the match, Cleaver blocked a hard-hit shot by Sherwood senior Jessica Imbrie and then she smothered Garoutte’s follow-up shot. Less than five minutes later, Garoutte had another shot on goal, coming from 13 yards away, but Cleaver came up with another save.

Then it was Tigard’s turn to attack, as the Tigers got shots from both Cincotta and Schaffer in the next two minutes.

The Tigers came close to breaking the tie when junior Kyla Smart hit a high, hard shot from 20 yards out with 15:11 left to play, but Hendryx made a leaping save. Soon after, Hendryx made another leaping save of a Tigard shot.

“It was good to get to leave my feet,” she said with a smile.

Sherwood got a shot on goal by senior midfielder Mikayla Howes with 7:57 remaining to play, with Cleaver making another save.

Then, with 4:26 remaining, the Lady Bowmen looked to have a prime scoring opportunity after they got the ball past Cleaver, who ran out to try and make a stop, but Bickel came up big for Tigard, making a sliding clear to end the threat.

“We have confidence in our defense,” Cleaver said.

“We’re good at talking and communicating,” Josephson said.

Neither squad was able to get a shot on goal in the final minutes, leaving the teams with a 1-1 tie.

“That was quite a battle,” Brown said. “They’re quick up front and they’re quick in the back. We had chances, but we weren’t able to put them away. It was a great game.”

“Our defense is strong,” Hendryx said. “We’re playing well together.”

“That was a fun game,” Cleaver said. “We know some of their players, so that made it more fun.”

Tigard opened its Pacific Conference schedule Tuesday with a 3-2 win/loss against Glencoe in a match played at Tigard High School.

The Tigers will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they play Century in a league match starting at 7 p.m. at the 53rd Ave. fields in Hillsboro. On Tuesday, Tigard will host McMinnville in a league contest beginning at 7 p.m.

Sherwood will open its NWOC schedule tonight (Thursday) when it hosts Rex Putnam at 7 p.m.

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