Falcons hammer North Marion 6-0 as they close in on the TVC girls soccer title

With their first league title since 2008 within sight, the La Salle Falcons were all business on Oct. 8, as they hammered North Marion 6-0.

With the win the Falcons improved to 6-0-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference, leaving them a game and a half in front of second-place Gladstone (4-1-1) with but four conference games remaining.

“We are excited for upcoming games with Molalla and Gladstone,” said La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino. “We have been working hard in practice to play our style of soccer, and the outcome of these games will depend on which team is consistent, plays smart, and executes.”

Ranked ninth in the state in the OSAA power rankings, the Falcons (8-2-0, 6-0-0) were to meet 15th-ranked Molalla (4-5-1, 3-2-1) on Tuesday (Oct. 15). They play seventh-ranked Gladstone (7-1-2, 4-1-1) at Gladstone next Monday.

They close out the regular season playing Madras (0-5-5, 0-4-2) on the road on Oct. 24 and hosting Estacada (2-5-2, 1-3-2) on Oct. 29.

They defeated Molalla 1-0 (at Molalla) and Gladstone 2-0 in the first round of TVC play.

The Falcons demonstrated their depth in talent in last week’s game at North Marion, as five different players scored goals in the 6-0 shutout.

Kate Christoferson found the net twice, while Veronica Horton, Talya Holenstein, Keegan Storlie and Regan Russell also scored goals. Rachael Gottsch assisted on three goals. Christoferson and Horton also made assists.

The Falcons soared to a 3-0 lead by the halftime break and never looked back.

Grace Foren-Self and Sydney Chvilicek split time in-goal, together making two saves, as the Falcons recorded their sixth shutout in their last seven games. Heading into play this week they’d only given up one goal in conference play, in a 3-1 win at Estacada.

Cereghino singled out Gottsch and Horton for standout play in the North Marion game.

“Rachael had a great game for us,” he said. “She recorded three assists and played the wing very well. She created scoring opportunities for her teammates and we did a good job of finishing those chances....

“Veronica also stands out, with her goal and assist. Veronica is a very smart soccer player and she got the team started with the first goal of the game in the third minute.”

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