The Sherwood girls soccer team strikes quick and gets a 3-1 win over defending state champ Summit
by: DAN BROOD GOOD JOB – Sherwood freshman Sarah Garoutte (10) is congratulated by Taylor Gersch after she scored the first of three Bowmen goals against Summit.

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School girls soccer team, like most any good squad, likes to take things one game at a time.

But, when the 2011 schedule came out, the Lady Bowmen couldn't help but look ahead at one opponent - defending Class 5A state champion Summit.

And Sherwood turned all of that anticipation and build-up into an impressive victory.

The Lady Bowmen, striking early and often in the first half, posted a 3-1 win over the Storm in a non-league showdown played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

'It's our biggest win yet,' Sherwood senior defender Amanda Shelton said after the game. 'It's even bigger than Canby. This is just a big rivalry game - one of the biggest.'

'This is the game that we've been working for so far,' Sherwood senior midfielder Teegan Koster said. 'We were looking ahead to them, and to beat them feels so good.'

'We're just ecstatic,' Shelton added.

Summit, which defeated Mountain View 1-0 in the 2010 state championship match, moved to 5-1-1 on the season with the setback. The Lady Bowmen improved to 4-0 on the season at that point with the win.

'We played really well,' Sherwood coach Bill Brown said. 'That's a good team. They're big and skilled, so this was a real good win.'

Sherwood and Summit are no strangers to each other. The Lady Bowmen scored a thrilling 1-0 home win over the Storm in a state playoff quarterfinal match in 2009. Last year, the teams played to a 0-0 tie in a non-league regular season match held at Summit High School in Bend.

The new rivalry between the powerhouses had the Lady Bowmen fired up - and it showed, right from the start.

Sherwood had open shots on goal by both juniors Jessica Imbrie and Meghan Schoen in the opening two minutes of the match, but both of those shots were stopped by Summit sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Estopare.

But the Lady Bowmen wouldn't be denied much longer.

Sherwood took a 1-0 lead when freshman forward Sarah Garoutte took a cross from Schoen from the right corner and, from eight yards out, smacked a hard shot into the upper right corner of the Summit goal to give the Lady Bowmen the one-goal advantage with 36 minutes and 31 seconds still left in the first quarter.

The Lady Bowmen kept threatening. They got a free kick shot on goal by junior midfielder Mikayla Howes, but Estopare again came up with save.

But, with 18:59 left to play in the first half, Sherwood struck again. Schoen again ignited the scoring play with a cross from the right side of the field. She got the ball to junior Tear'sa Krieger, who hit a one-touch shot from five yards out into the upper left side of the Storm goal, giving the Lady Bowmen a 2-0 lead.

Then, with 11:37 remaining in the first half, Koster took a free-kick pass from Krieger and, from 25 yards out, hit a high, hard shot just over the reach of Estopare and into the net to up the Sherwood lead to 3-0.

'That goal gave me the shivers,' Shelton said with a smile.

'It was a nice pass, and I just hit it,' Koster said.

Meanwhile, the Sherwood defense, including Shelton, junior Taylor Gersch, junior Annie Govig and senior Alex Teesdale, among others, limited Summit to just one shot on goal in the first half, which ended with the Lady Bowmen up 3-0.

'We were really pumped up. We came out and stuck it to them,' Koster said. 'To come out fast and score three goals like that felt just amazing.'

The Lady Bowmen kept trying to add on to their lead early in the second half. A running shot by Imbrie from 12 yards out sailed just barely over the crossbar of the Summit goal with 34:28 left in the match.

Sherwood also got shots on goal by Koster and Schoen in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

The Lady Bowmen defense also kept playing strong, with Govig running out to make a kick deflection of an open shot by Summit senior Tatum Randall with 15:55 left in the match.

But the talented Strom broke through, getting a header goal by freshman Marina Johannesen off a corner kick by sophomore Hadlie Plummer with 14:44 remaining to cut the Sherwood lead to 3-1.

But Summit, while creating opportunities, couldn't get any closer as the Lady Bowmen closed out the 3-1 victory.

'Summit is very good. They're fast and skilled,' Brown said. 'Annie Govig, Amanda Shelton and Taylor Gersch all played very well on defense. In the midfield, Teegan Koster, Mikayla Howes and Alex Teesdale all got back on defense and attacked on offense. Megan Schoen and Tear'sa Krieger on the wings did a great job and Kyeli Hendryx played great in goal.'

'We all know that we're just as strong as our weakest link,' Shelton said. 'And we're all family.'

Sherwood picked up another win on Tuesday when it posted a 2-0 victory in a non-league match at Corvallis. Natalie Thomas and Schoen each had goals for the Lady Bowmen.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they host West Albany in a match starting at 7 p.m. On Monday, Sherwood will be home to face Crescent Valley in a 7 p.m. tilt.

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