OC girls are dominant in a 4-1 win; OC guys prevail 2-1

Oregon City High School’s boys and girls soccer teams both took care of business in last week’s games with Canby.

The girls handled the Cougars 4-1, while the guys won a 2-1 barnburner.

The girls were especially impressive, because they had tied Canby 2-2 earlier in the season and this was the first time they had beaten a team from Canby since September of 2011.

“A fantastic win,” said Oregon City coach Becket Wright. “The Pios owned the first half. After a rocky start in the second half, we settled down and started doing things our way.... one-two touch passing, and running through the middle. We have fast players, but using through balls as an option adds dimension to our game....

“We are hitting our stride and looking forward to the challenges next week.”

Oregon City led 2-0 at halftime on goals by senior Becca Houk and sophomore Lindsi Peters, assisted by seniors Sitera Allison and Courtney Phelps.

Canby answered early in the second half, before Houk and senior Rachel Steinkamp (assist to junior Lauren Thompson) both scored to put the game on ice.

“Junior defender Mollie Thurber made a fantastic hustle/save in the goal (late in the first half),” Wright observed.

Oregon City girls improved to 3-3-1 and third place in the Three Rivers League girls soccer standings with the win. They were to play Lakeridge (2-3-2) on Tuesday (Oct. 22), and they host league-leading Clackamas (5-0-2) this Thursday.

For Oregon City boys, last week’s win was their second one-goal win over the Cougars this fall. The win put them at 3-4 in league heading into this week’s games with Lakeridge (3-3-1) and Clackamas (2-5-0).

“West Linn is easily the best team in the league,” said Oregon City coach Myque Obiero. “Everyone else, it’s a toss-up. We put our heads down and play hard and we still could finish second in league.”

Obiero said his charges controlled most of the play in last week’s game with Canby, moving the ball around with crisp passes and playing “composed and under control.”

Oregon City keeper Pablo Armenta had to make only two saves, while Obiero said his side had “eight to ten” shots on-frame.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in the first half, with Canby scoring first just passed the midpoint of the first half. Oregon City answered late in the half, when Anthony Le found the net after a failed clear on a corner kick.

Sophomore Andrew Curtis scored the game-winner in he second half, finishing “a really good cross” from Blake Coomes.

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