by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Corbetts Simone Ballard, red, fights for a ball off a throw-in ahead of OES forward Mikaelah McKinney-Griggs during the Aardvarks 4-0 win Saturday.

PORTLAND — The Corbett girls soccer team took the best Oregon Episcopal had to give for almost 60 minutes Saturday. Goalkeeper Kendall Sheerman made several diving saves, defender Maya Ballard stuck her cleat out to block a close-range shot and Chloe Ballard absorbed another blast with her face just before halftime that left her needing teammates to guide her off the field.

Despite the physical toll, the Cardinals took a scoreless game well into the second half.

But the Aardvarks kept coming, putting the game away with two goals less than 30 seconds apart.

The first came when Erica Massaro fed the ball ahead to Carolyn Ruoff, who made a short run down the center of the 18-yard box and put the ball into the left side.

Shortly after the ensuing kickoff, Mikaelah McKinney-Griggs found an opening on the left side and sent a hard-curving ball at the goal from 15 yards out. The shot glanced off Sheerman’s gloves and ended up in the back of the net to make it 2-0 Aardvarks with 25:27 to play.

The hole was too much to overcome for a Cardinals squad that spent most of the game defending its own end of the field.

McKinney-Griggs and Sydney Young tallied two more down the stretch for OES, which finished with a 4-0 win and will host St. Mary’s of Medford in a Tuesday semifinal.

Look for extended match coverage in the Tuesday, Nov. 13, edition of The Outlook.

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