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Talented Tigers too much for Sandy

Big-school power Tigard downs Sandy 7-0 in girls soccer


by: SANDY POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Haley Kern settles a ball along the backline during the teams 7-0 loss to Tigard last week.A steady drizzle splashed down on the Sandy girls’ soccer team on Sept. 24, but the onslaught of goals poured on by class 6A powerhouse Tigard was far worse. The Tigers, No. 2 in the OSAA’s power rankings, sprinted to a 7-0 win over Sandy.

Tigard imposed its will on Sandy without delay when Kyla Smart netted the first goal of the match on a header just four minutes in. That goal only seemed to spur on the Tigers. Their offensive purpose and aggressiveness was unlike that of any team Sandy has seen this season. Tigard did everything with the intent to score. No matter where the Tigers were on the field, they were fiercely working to get the ball in the net.

With that urgency, Tigard controlled possession almost constantly and wore down the Pioneers. Sandy stayed in it after Smart’s early goal and kept the deficit to one goal for several minutes, but Tigard’s unrelenting offensive attack eventually started punching through Sandy’s defense. Tigard’s Jordy Lockrem scored the Tigers’ second goal with 22:45 left in the first half.

About 10 minutes later, Sandy had what might have been its best chance to score. On a free kick from 30 yards out, Sandy’s Haley Kern tried to squeeze the ball through a hole in the Tigard line. The Tigers sealed the gap in time to stop the shot, rapidly pushed the ball the other way and got it to Lockrem who scored again.

Given how good Tigard had been to the point, Sandy would have almost been content to go into halftime trailing 3-0, but the Tigers were not accommodating. They scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to take a five-goal edge at the end of 40 minutes.

Sandy stiffened up on defen

se in the second half and allowed just one goal in the first 33 minutes of the period. With 6:27 left, Tigard’s Liz Beth Flores delivered the final blow to make it a 7-0 match.

Tigard improved to 5-0-1 with the win over Sandy, taking four of its first five contests by shutout. Sandy fell to 2-4 with the defeat.

The Pioneers are slated to face Parkrose in the Northwest Oregon Conference opener on Thursday.