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Sixth-ranked Pioneers top La Grande

The La Grande boys soccer team fell to 1-5 overall with its 3-0 loss to McLoughlin Tuesday. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
The La Grande boys soccer team fell to 1-5 overall with its 3-0 loss to McLoughlin Tuesday. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)

The La Grande boys soccer team dropped its fourth-straight game Tuesday to sixth-ranked McLoughlin.

The Pioneers pulled out a 3-0 Greater Oregon League victory during a heavy rainfall and cold wind.

“It’s funny. We’re there. We’re right there. We just need to make a couple of adjustments,” LHS head coach Wade Wright said. 

McLoughlin (7-1-1, 2-0-0) got on the board 14 minutes into the contest. 

With La Grande (1-5-0, 0-1-0) defenders fighting for the ball in front of the net, the Pioneers were able to slip one past goalkeeper Jake Girard for the early lead.

In the 30th minute, the Pioneers added to the lead by kicking the ball just inside the left post. 

McLoughlin took the 2-0 lead into halftime.

“In the first half, we were down on their end creating chances and having offense,” Wright said. “Eventually, they just wear us down a bit.”

McLoughlin added one more goal in the second half when a shot from 10-feet out was lined past Girard to cap the scoring.

McLoughlin has outscored opponents 36-6 so far this season, while La Grande has been outscored 19-6.

“We’re still battling this thing that they’re Mac-Hi,” Wright said. “We don’t go to balls hard. If we went to balls hard, if we calm down and pass to our players (we’d be fine). They’re giving us time on the ball to pick out the pass. But we’re just a little panicked and give it away.”

La Grande has lost 14 straight games to McLoughlin. The last non-loss to the Pioneers was a 2-2 tie in 2008.

“As soon as we start believing we can play, we’ll be fine,” Wright said. 

La Grande will host Ontario Tuesday at 4 p.m. Ontario is 5-2-0 overall this season and 1-0-0 in the GOL. OHS defeated La Grande 5-1 earlier this year.

In other GOL action, the Baker Bulldogs lost a non-league contest to Weiser, Idaho, 4-1 Tuesday.


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