Newberg scores a total of eight goals in wins over Parkrose and Liberty last week, but comes out flat in 3-0 loss to Grant Monday

PORTLAND — Newberg showed its promise in beating Parkrose 4-0 and Liberty 4-3 in its first two games of the season last week, but its quick start to the season was quickly soured by a lackluster performance in Monday’s 3-0 to Grant at Delta Park.

“We came out pretty flat and didn’t come ready to play, unfortunately,” head coach Jon Halstead said. “Grant is pretty good, but I don’t think 3-0 belies how good we can compete.”

The Tigers certainly proved they have some offensive firepower last week, but also showed they have some room for improvement on defense. by: SETH GORDON - Possession game – Freshman midfielder Madeline Whalen controls the ball deep in Liberty's end of the field during Newberg's 4-3 win on Sept. 12 at Loran Douglas Field. The Tigers dominated possession to take a 4-1 lead early in the second half, but the Falcons struck on the counterattack to rally their way back into the game

Newberg (2-1) overpowered Parkrose Sept. 10, jumping out to an early lead thanks to Sam Russo’s opening goal in the eighth minute.

The Tigers continued to put shots on goal over the course of the first half, eventually totaling 13 for the game to two for the Broncos, but could not extends its lead.

It took forward Megan Myers just 35 seconds to do just that in the second half, then she added another tally to make it 3-0 just more than four minutes later. Hannah Green capped the win with a goal six seconds before the end of regulation.

Liberty broke through for the opening goal just five minutes into Sept. 12’s contest at Loran Douglas field, but it didn’t take Newberg long to find its creative touch and seize control of the match.

Myers put the Tigers on the board with a header in the 20th minute, then gave her team its first lead of the night by converting a penalty kick five minutes later.

With just under three minutes remaining to play in the half, Myers assisted on a Russo goal to make it 3-1 at the break.

“We make good runs off the ball and we have good crosses,” Russo said. “Megan and I work well together up top.”

For the second consecutive game, Myers struck quickly in the second half, this time dribbling into the box and firing a hard shot high and left of the keeper just 49 seconds from halftime for her fifth goal of the year.

“I feel like I’m just more relaxed now when I’m taking the shot and not over-thinking it,” Myers said. “I’m definitely getting better service from my team.”

The Tigers may have relaxed having a three-goal cushion and Liberty struck back with a pair of counter-attack goals by forward Bianca Andrade Torres.

Andrade Torres had already scored the opening goal, then caught the Newberg keeper out of position after making a run up the left side to make it 4-2 three minutes later.

In the 57th minute, Andrade Torres was released up the right flank, eventually unleashed a hard shot from near the top of the box that Marta Burchett got her hands on, but still deflected over her head and into the net.

The Tigers survived a couple more Falcon threats before settling in to see the game out.

“Obviously they beat us with some through balls and over-the-top stuff that we need to work on, but I’m pretty happy with how well we played,” Halstead said. “When we scored goals, they were good team goals, good combination play and I like that. That’s what gets us wins.”

Halstead, however, was not pleased with how his team responded against Grant, which capitalized on three Tiger miscues to score three times.

“They’re good enough that when we made the three mistakes we made, they’re going to finish the ball,” Halstead said. “We made other mistakes, but they capitalized on the best ones for them. We had chances. We had opportunities, we just couldn’t finish.”

Newberg will finish out the week by hosting Cleveland at 4 p.m. Friday.

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