TIGERS ROMP IN PLAYOFF OPENER
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
After a defensive first half, the La Grande girls soccer team scored six goals in the second half of its state playoff game to beat North Marion 7-0 Tuesday.
"It feels really good," defender Amanda Schuft said. "(We're) pretty pumped ... and excited for the game on Saturday."
La Grande (14-0 overall) will host Catlin Gabel in the quarterfinals Saturday. The game will be played at 12:30 p.m. at La Grande Middle School. The Portland-area defending state champion defeated Philomath 1-0 Tuesday.
Schuft scored two goals in the second half of the home match with North Marion. Her first one at the 45th minute was unassisted and her second goal came off an assist from Kelsey Woodfield at the 76th minute.
Forward Nicole Lewis said the team was a little worried before the beginning of the match but came out prepared.
She said the team played intensely the whole time and made crisp passes.
Lewis scored La Grande's first goal off an assist from Leigh Baum. The game see-sawed back-and-forth the rest of the first half. North Marion had a golden opportunity to score near the end of the half, but a Huskies' shot bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and stayed out.
In the second half, La Grande dominated, scoring four goals in 13 minutes.
Lewis had back-to-back goals in the 53rd and 58th minutes. The first was unassisted and the other was a penalty kick.
Lindsey Carmichael scored two unassisted goals in the 47th and 66th minutes.
La Grande coach Alex Steenstra said the team is playing good soccer at the perfect time.