Gladstone girls even things up with La Salle
But the Falcons appear headed for the league crown
Gladstone coeds were tough in Tri-Valley Conference play last week, as they improved their record to 7-1-1 in the TVL (10-1-2 overall) with wins over La Salle (2-0) and Estacada (6-1).
The shutout of the conference-leading Falcons avenged an earlier 2-0 loss.
It was the best game weve played this year and it was against the best team weve played this year, said Gladstone coach Steve Thomas. The girls are peaking at the right time.
Thomas had his Gladiators with an 11-9 edge in shots, and he said much of the game was a back-and-forth affair, with a lot of play in the middle of the field.
After a scoreless first half, Kendall Schumaker found the net for Gladstone 10 minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Talia Pena and beating La Salles keeper one-on-one, with a shot to the right corner from 15 yards out.
Just 33 seconds later, Hannah Kent passed behind the defense to Megan White, who ran onto the ball, cut to the center, and beat the keeper one-on-one, putting the Gladiators up 2-0.
Thomas says that La Salle got the best of the play down the stretch, but couldnt find the net, thanks to the play of the Gladiator defense and Gladstone junior keeper Molly Webster.
Thomas heaped praise on senior Kelsey Hathaway for the role she played in the Gladiator win.
The first time we played La Salle, they owned the midfield, said Thomas. This time we controlled much of the midfield play, thanks in large part to Kelsey. She was all over the place....
Hathaway was also tough at Estacada, where she turned her second hat trick of the season, and assisted on a fourth goal.
She ran them ragged, Thomas said. She was just on fire. She had the flu, but you wouldnt know it with how she played.
All three of Hathaways goals were scored in the second half, after Thomas changed his formation, moving Hathaway up to forward.
White scored two goals at Estacada and Rielee Jaekel added the sixth tally. Jaekel and Riley Webster had assists.
Thomas had his Gladiators with a 26-5 advantage in shots, 15 of them on-frame.
Molly Webster and Madi Stirling split time in-goal, together making four saves.
Even with the loss, at press-time Monday, La Salle appeared headed for the Tri-Valley Conference title. The Falcons (8-1-0 in league and 10-3-0 overall) were to meet Estacada (2-5-2) on Tuesday in their final game of the league season; Gladstone was to finish up playing North Marion (1-6-2).
Still, Thomas said he likes his charges chances heading into a probable state playoff play-in game at Gladstone on Saturday.
Were a defensive team thats tough to score on, he said. Weve only given up five goals [in 13 games] this season, and our defense starts our offense.
Thomas singled out marking backs Pena and Julia Schumaker and central defenders Jessica Petersen and Mikaela Simac for their leadership of the defense.
I like our chances [in the playoffs], Thomas said. Home or away, it doesnt seem to matter for our girls. They play well no matter where we play. Theyve only given up one goal in nine state playoff games over the last two seasons.
With a league title, La Salle would host a first-round state playoff game next Tuesday.
La Salle coach Ryan Cereghino said of the 2-0 loss to Gladstone: Overall, there were few chances for both teams during the game, and Gladstone made more of those chances than we did.
Gladstone played better than we did, but we will learn from this game and use this to prepare for the remainder of the season.
The Falcons bounced back from the loss to Gladstone to dispatch with Madras 4-0 last Thursday.
Regan Russell starred in the shutout, turning a hat trick. MKaila Karcsay scored the fourth goal.
Tori Goodman and Rachael Gottsch were credited with assists.
Sydney Chvilicek and Grace Foren-Self split time in goal. It was La Salles eighth shutout in 13 games, but neither goalie had to make a save in last weeks game with the White Buffaloes.
Cereghino said: The team came out strong and got on the board early. Regan Russell really set the tone for us by scoring the first two goals of the game. She consistently provided pressure on their back line and created numerous chances for the team.