SAME AS LAST YEAR
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
McLoughlin and Pendleton must still be trying to put out the fire after getting smoked Tuesday by the La Grande girls soccer team.
The Tigers hosted a three-team jamboree at the La Grande Middle School, playing shortened 40-minute contests.
Its a good thing the games
didnt go the full 80 minutes of regulation or the scores would have been worse. Instead, La Grande picked up a 7-0 win over McLoughlin and a 6-1 victory over Pendleton.
The scores were not very important, but it was nice to see us pick up where we left off last year, La Grande coach Alex Steenstra said.
La Grande looked as dominant as ever and a strong run at the Class 3A playoffs. Last year, the Tigers advanced to the state semifinals, losing to eventual champion Catlin Gabel.
On Tuesday, La Grande struck early and made sure nearly every shot counted in both of its victories.
Alexis Baum scored off an assist from Shalece Hibbert two minutes into the McLoughlin game. Baum added another goal three minutes later off a Karli Nebeker pass, and Nebeker found Nicole Lewis in the 12th minute for another goal. La Grande led 3-0 at the half.
A Caitlin Schoenfelder score off a Baum assist nine minutes into the second half set off a Tiger offensive explosion.
Amanda Schuft took a Schoenfelder pass and scored in the 13th minute and Nebeker and Cathy Herrmann had unassisted goals in the 16th and 17th minutes.
Against Pendleton, Lindsey Carmichael scored off a Nicole Lewis assist in the opening minute. Alexis Baum added an unassisted goal four minutes later, and the score was 3-0 at halftime when Carmichael took a Hillary Girrard pass for a score in the 19th minute.
Pendleton opened the second half by scoring in the first two minutes, but La Grande responded when Lewis got an unassisted goal in the fourth minute.
Carmichael had another goal off a Herrmann assist in the 11th minute, and Monnie Bennett capped the scoring with a goal in the 19th minute.
We need to shore up our defense a little, Steenstra said. And even though we were fluid on offense, we still have to work on some things there as well. It was a nice start, but there's no room for complacency.
La Grande travels to Philomath Saturday for its first full game of the season.
It was nice to get the first-game jitters out of the way today, Steenstra added.