LA GRANDE SOCCER SQUADS STAND TALL
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
Gray clouds and rain did little to shut down the offense of the La Grande girls' soccer team Tuesday.
Instead, the Tigers poured it on with 33 shots in a 7-0 league victory over Ontario.
The Tigers (2-0) have outshot their opponents 66-4. Ontario got off just one shot Tuesday.
Caitlin Schoenfelder scored two goals in the first half. Alexis Baum, Kelsi Woodfield and Nicole Lewis also scored goals in the first half.
Schoenfelder scored the Tigers' first goal, assisted by Lewis, eight minutes into the half.
Baum scored with 20 minutes off a Schoenfelder assist.
Kelsi Woodfield's goal at the 32nd minute was dart-like. She blasted the ball unassisted into the top corner of the net.
La Grande coach Alex Steenstra said it was beautiful watching Woodfield's shot. He said it looked like an arrow.
Two minutes after Woodfield's goal, Lewis scored off an assist from Baum. Schoenfelder tacked on the Tigers' fifth goal unassisted at the 39th minute.
"I see improvement in the first half," Steenstra said evaluating the performance coming off Saturday's league-opening win over Madras. "Our crosses weren't the best quality today."
However, the Tigers took advantage of scoring opportunities.
Steenstra said the Tigers had Ontario running all over the field, and Ontario put up a good fight.
Amber Rasmussen assisted on two goals in the second half. Her first helped Crystal Kevan score a goal one minute into the half, and the other enabled Sarah Noyes to tack on the Tigers' final goal seven minutes into the half.
Steenstra said the Tigers, ranked this week No. 7 in the state in the opening coaches' poll, are right where they should be and continue to show "steady improvement."
The Tigers will play Riverside at noon Saturday instead of 4 p.m. Friday.