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ONTARIO No Eastern Oregon League team scored on the La Grande Tigers girls soccer team this season.

Ontario was the last team to try, and La Grande shut it out 4-0 Monday to end the regular season.

Im most pleased and proud of the fact that nobody in league scored on us. Shalece Hibbert, Amanda Schuft and Hillary Girard deserve a lot of credit, La Grande coach Alex Steenstra said.

Those defenders, plus goalkeeper Amber Rasmussen, have not allowed a goal since Philomath scored two in the regular season opener, Sept. 8.

Karli Nebeker and Lindsey Carmichael each scored two goals for La Grande (11-1-2 overall, 8-0-2 league).

Ontario had improved a lot. They made some changes from earlier in the season. Their defense improved quite a bit, Steenstra said.

Carmichael struck first, scoring in the games 12th minute. Nebeker added a goal a few minutes before halftime. Nebeker had another goal in the third minute of the second half, and Carmichael got her second goal six minutes later on a 25-yard shot.

A lot of them came off ricochets, Steenstra said of the goals. Alexis Baum had a lot to do with those goals. She did a lot of prepatory work.

La Grande has scored 81 goals this season, the most in its history. Fittingly, Mondays two scorers are the teams leading scorers, with Carmichael and Nebeker each scoring 17 goals this season.

La Grande will host a second-round state playoff game a week from today at the middle school field. The winner of a Saturday game between the third-place teams of District 6 and District 8 will travel to La Grande.

Playoff brackets will be announced Wednesday.

Winning streak ends for boys

ONTARIO For the first time this season, the La Grande Tigers boys soccer team failed to score a goal.

Ontario snapped La Grandes 12-game winning streak with a 1-0 Eastern Oregon League victory Monday.

Give credit to Ontarios goalkeeper.

We controlled the tempo of the game, and their goalie just had the game of his life, La Grande coach Jessy Watson said.

They scored on a header late in the first half and were content with that and jammed everybody in on the defense, he added. We couldnt get it into the back of the net. We had opportunities and shots.

La Grande (12-2, 9-1) had wrapped up the league title with a 9-1 win Saturday over Grant Union, and Ontario already had second place.

La Grande will host a playoff game a week from today against either the third-place team from District 6 or the second-place team from District 3.


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