Clackamas coeds shut out Canby, tie West Linn

The Three Rivers League girls soccer title chase remained a dogfight last week. Clackamas (4-1-1, 13 points) maintained its grip on first place. But the Cavaliers were just one point in front of Lake Oswego (4-2-0, 12 points) and Lakeridge (4-2-0, 12 points) in the league standings.

In play last week, the Cavaliers battled to a 1-1 tie with West Linn (3-2-1, 10 points) in their final game of the first half of the league season; and they followed up that game with a 3-0 win over Canby.

They had a rematch with Lakeridge scheduled on Tuesday (Oct. 9), where they hoped to avenge an earlier 1-0 loss. The Cavaliers return home next Tuesday, when they play host to Lake Oswego.

Last week’s game with West Linn was a barnburner. Both teams scored early and then went scoreless the rest of the way.

“From balls hitting the crossbar, a goal called back for offsides and all the opportunities for both teams in the second half, the crowd definitely got their money’s worth,” said Clackamas coach Aimee Mansoor. “We got a great performance by Jade Haehlen in-goal, making some key saves in the second half. And Sarah Jones stepped it up on defense as well.”

Mansoor had her side with a 9-7 edge in shots taken and a 6-5 advantage in shots on-frame.

West Linn scored shortly after the opening kickoff. Junior Courtney Cox put the equalizer in the net for Clackamas just 10 minutes later.

Cassie Haehlen was big for Clackamas in the shutout of the Cougars. The sophomore forward played a part in all three Cavalier goals, heading the ball into the net off a corner kick from sophomore Riley Mitchell just 12 minutes into the contest, and assisting Sam Moultrie and Yasmeen Ramos with goals at the 26-minute mark, and early in the second half.

Mansoor had Clackamas keeper Jade Haehlen with two saves, as the Cavaliers gained their fourth shutout of the year.

“An outstanding marking performance by Sarah Jones, who helped Riley Mitchell, Kaitlyn Reiner and Erika Shaw control the defense and keep our shutout,” Mansoor said.

Persad turns hat trick

in 11-0 rout of Jefferson

The Milwaukie Mustangs manhandled the Jefferson Democrats in their final match of the preseason, with nine different players putting the ball in the net in an 11-0 victory.

Freshman forward Samantha Persad headed the onslaught, scoring the first hat trick of her career and assisting on a fourth goal.

Also scoring goals for the Mustangs were Hana Whisman, Krista Stanford, Rachael Gallaway, Zel Reiter, Darrienne De La Rosa, Alex Mulford, Claire Adams and Jessaca Reed-Ramos.

Senior Karla Aranda sparked the offense with three assists. Emily McCarty had two assists and Bailey McCord had an assist.

The win followed on the heels of a 3-0 shutout of Roosevelt. Persad played a part in all three goals in that game, scoring two and assisting Stanford on the third tally. Adams assisted on one of Persad’s goals.

Senior Zoey Huppunen and freshman Emily McCarty split time in-goal in the two games.

The Mustangs dropped a heartbreaker to St. Helens in last Thursday’s Northwest Oregon Conference opener, losing 3-2 in overtime.

Kingsmen stumble

at top-ranked Sherwood

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Putnam all-conference goalkeeper Bella Geist was busy in last Thursdays Northwest Conference opener at Sherwood. The defending state champion and top-ranked Bowgirls upped their season record to 6-0-2 with a 5-1 victory. The Bowgirls have outscored their first eight opponents 23-5, with their only blemishes in an otherwise perfect season coming in a 2-2 tie with Summit and in a 1-1 tie with Class 6A Tigard. Heading into play this week, Summit (7-0-2) was ranked second in 5A and Tigard (6-1-2) was ranked third in 6A.The Rex Putnam Kingsmen discovered last Thursday that they are not yet ready for primetime, as they lost big at top-ranked Sherwood, 5-1.

The defending state champion Bowgirls were up 3-0 before Putnam star forward Makenzie Maier scored on a free kick near the midpoint of the second half.

“We had a hard time getting shots off, and our defense broke down,” said Putnam team co-captain Mariah Maier.

With the win, the Bowgirls upped their season record to 6-0-2. Putnam slipped to 4-2-1 with the loss.

Maier said she was confident that the Kingsmen would bounce back. They entertain Sandy (4-2-1, 1-0) this Thursday. Sandy opened conference play with a 5-0 shutout of Parkrose.

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