Milwaukie coeds get their best result in a game with Putnam in seven years

Milwaukie and Putnam girls soccer teams battled tooth and nail last Friday, with the two rivals playing to a 1-1 tie.

“That’s the first time we’ve gotten a result against Putnam in several years,” said Milwaukie coach Kent McCarty. “It’s a game that could have gone either way. Both teams had their chances.... They are a very good team and we are a very good team, and the league is a battle every game.”JOHN LARIVIERE - Milwaukie sophomore midfielder Ellie Holmes (4) and Putnam junior midfielder Abigail Herbert battle for a loose ball during last Fridays game at Milwaukie.

McCarty added, “Friday night’s doubleheader, with the boys and the girls playing back-to-back, was fantastic. There were a lot of fans there and there were two great games. It was awesome! It was great for the Milwaukie and Putnam soccer communities.”

It was the first time since 2008 — when Milwaukie and Putnam tied 3-3 — that Putnam had not beaten Milwaukie in varsity girls soccer.

Putnam sophomore midfielder Sophia Stumpf scored first, taking a pass from Rachel Baker and chipping the ball over Milwaukie’s goalkeeper 20 minutes into the contest.

The 1-0 lead stood up for the Kingsmen until Milwaukie sophomore Ellie Holmes found the end of a free kick from Emily McCarty near the 18 and put the ball away — in traffic — with 13:38 to play.

Putnam coach Alex Ponce said his team controlled the play for most of the first half, while his players turned less aggressive after the break and the second half was more evenly played, with both teams having their chances to put the game-winner in the net.

Ponce said that Putnam junior goalkeeper Maleah Maier only touched the ball twice in the first half, but made several stops in the second half, including a “fantastic one-on-one foot-save” with a Milwaukie player with 10 minutes to play.

In games played earlier last week, Putnam coeds gave the second-ranked Wilsonville Wildcats all they could handle in a 2-1 loss, while Milwaukie girls won a 5-4 barnburner from Parkrose.

Wilsonville scored the game-winner on a corner kick with just eight minutes remaining. Stumpf had tied the score at 1-1 near the midpoint of the second half, putting the ball away from close range after a shot by Megan Spaulding deflected off the crossbar.

“Maleah made three fantastic saves that kept us in that game,” Ponce said.

Howard hat trick

keys Mustang win

Heroine honors went to sophomore Katelyn Howard in Milwaukie’s 5-4 win over Parkrose. Howard put the winning ball in the net with just three minutes remaining, off a pass from sophomore Ellie Holmes.

Howard turned a hat track in the contest, scoring two goals in the first half, en route to a 4-3 Mustang halftime advantage. Parkrose tied the score at 4-4 with a goal near the midpoint of the second half.

The Mustangs showed up ready to play, putting three balls in the net in the first six minutes, for a 3-0 lead.

Freshman MaKenna Presley scored just a minute and a half into the game, the assist coming from sophomore Noelani McGowan. Barely two minutes later, sophomore Ellie Holmes sent a ball to Howard, and Howard put it away.

Presley and Howard both scored again before the half was out, the assists coming from Holmes.

The Mustangs nearly scored again early in the second half, but a penalty kick was off the mark.

“The win was an entire team effort,” said Milwaukie coach Kent McCarty. “Everyone worked together the entire game to get the win.”

It was the first hat trick of her high school varsity career for Howard.

It was only the second loss of the season for the Broncos (6-3-1) and the first time that Parkrose had allowed any opponent as many as six goals.

It was the first win since Sept. 3 for the Mustangs, who had been riding a three-game losing skid.

Milwaukie coeds (3-4-3, 1-2-1) were to host St. Helens (3-6-0, 0-3-0) on Oct. 13. They entertain Liberty (4-1-4, 1-1-1) next Tuesday (Oct. 20).

Putnam girls (1-6-3, 0-2-2) were to host Parkrose (6-3-1, 1-3-0) on Oct. 13. They play Sandy (6-2-1, 2-1-0) on the road on Thursday (Oct. 15) and they entertain St. Helens on Oct. 20.

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