Tiger soccer teams pound McLoughlin behind 3 hat tricks
By The Observer
Mac-Hi put up a fight on La Grande High Schools soccer pitch Thursday afternoon, not that the scores of two matches reflected that.
The Tiger boys beat McLoughlin 9-0, and the La Grande girls team followed with a 10-0 mercy-rule ended victory.
Give Mac-Hi credit; they kept playing, La Grande girls soccer coach Alex Steenstra said.
Karli Nebeker and Caitlin Schoenfelder each had hat tricks for the La Grande girls (4-1 overall, 3-0 league), who had their fourth-straight shutout. Nebekers three-goal performance was her second of the season.
For the boys, Greg Schuft had his third hat trick of the season. Casey Sheehy had two goals and assisted on Schufts second goal, in the 47th minute, which made the score 5-0 La Grande.
Johan Soderlund scored the games final goal, with a minute to play, and assisted on goals by Mike Schoenfelder and Schuft in the 34th and 35th minutes.
Mac-Hi actually played a better game today, La Grande boys coach Jessy
Watson said of the team that lost 10-0 to La Grande last week. In the second half, they got a little frustrated they were playing better but it wasnt paying off goal-wise.
Seth Pennington opened the scoring for the boys, getting an unassisted goal seven minutes into the game. Sheehy scored unassisted seven minutes later.
Mike Schoenfelder and Schuft then scored to give the Tigers (3-1, 2-0) a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Watson wasnt satisfied with the first half.
We didnt play as controlled as Id like us to play, Watson said.
Schuft scored early in the second half, Mac-Hi had an own goal, then Schuft got his hat trick in the 55th minute off a pass from J.B. Weber. Sheehys and Soderlunds goals rounded out the scoring.
Lindsey Carmichael had the first of two goals in the girls games second minute. Nebeker scored the next two goals, both off Carmichael assists, two minutes apart. Schoenfelder had the next two goals, within a minute of each other midway through the first half, off assists from Shalece Hibbert and Leigh Baum.
Nicole Lewis scored six minutes into the second half, with Carmichael, Schoenfelder, Nebeker and Alexis Baum finishing the scoring.
Amber Rasmussen and Tricia Nebeker had assists on Carmichaels and Schoenfelders second-half goals.