La Grande’s Caleb Woodworth heads in the Tigers’ lone goal in a 1-0 win against Baker Thursday. (Paul Harder/The Observer)
It didn’t take La Grande long to learn a valuable lesson.
Tuesday against Ontario, the Tigers boys soccer team couldn’t finish out the game with a lead in the second half. But, against rival Baker Thursday, the Tigers controlled the pace from start to finish in a 1-0 league win.
“That was the frustrating thing Tuesday,” co-head coach Wade Wright said. “We had that game against Ontario, but we just couldn’t keep the intensity up. It cost us a win we could have had.
“It was nice to see the boys keep the pace of play the same throughout the whole match today.”
It’s La Grande first league win. The Tigers are now 1-2-0 in the Greater Oregon League and 2-6-0 overall.
It didn’t take long to get the first score of the game.
Senior Caleb Woodworth went up for a header on a corner kick in the opening five minutes of the game, and the ball sent the ball into the net.
“We had more opportunities to score,” Wright said. “We just didn’t take advantage of them all. We need to get the ball in the back of the net a little more often, but, offensively, the team did a great job today.”
Senior goalkeeper Jake Girard was in net for the shutout, and was challenged just a few times by the Bulldogs’ offense.
Girard made a diving stop in the first half to keep Baker off the board. He also measured up a shot that went high off the crossbar and out-of-bounds for a goal kick.
The Tigers will travel to Pendleton for a noon match Saturday.
“Hopefully this gets the team going,” Wright said. “We still have a chance to make the playoffs, but we have some work to do on our end in order to make that happen.”