September 27, 2001 11:00 pm
ON TOP OF IT: Alexis Baum heads the ball toward the goal during La Grande's 7-0 win Thursday over Ontario. Baum had two assists. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
ON TOP OF IT: Alexis Baum heads the ball toward the goal during La Grande's 7-0 win Thursday over Ontario. Baum had two assists. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By The Observer

La Grandes Karli Nebeker had her hat trick hat trick Thursday, scoring three goals in a game for the third time this season.

The Tiger senior had La Grandes second, third and fifth goals in a 7-0 Eastern Oregon League girls socccer victory over Ontario.

La Grande coach Alex Steenstra moved Nebeker to forward earlier this season, and Nebeker has responded with 11 goals in six games.

Shes a very hard worker and a very aggressive player. She seems to know where the ball is going to be and whats going to happen, Steenstra said.

La Grande (5-1 overall, 4-0 league) had just a 2-0 lead at halftime. Lindsey Carmichael scored in the third minute off a pass from Alexis Baum, and Nebeker booted in a pass from Carmichael nine minutes later.

Two-oh is a dangerous score, Steenstra said. If you sit on that score and the other team scores, then all of a sudden its a game again.

Four minutes past halftime, Nebeker converted a Cathy Herrmann corner kick into a 3-0 lead.

When we got that quick goal in the second half, that kind of put the game away, Steenstra said. That took some of the motivation out of Ontario. They played hard and kept playing, but it was not as convincing.

We played our best game of the year today. In the first half, we were switching, we were communicationg well. Ontario just didnt know where the next player was coming from.

Shalece Hibbert made it 4-0 in the 47th minute when she kicked in a pass from Baum. Nebeker got her hat trick on an unassisted goal three minutes later.

In the 24th minute, Nicole Lewis dribbled half the field and right up to the Ontario goalkeeper before tapping the ball into the net. La Grandes final goal was on a corner kick by Monnie Bennett that the keeper misjudged and curved into the net.

La Grande next plays Tuesday at The Dalles.

Complacency allows Ontario to get close

Coach Jessy Watson didnt want to say his team got lazy at times during La Grandes 3-2 Eastern Oregon League boys soccer victory over Ontario.

The guys got complacent at moments in the game when they shouldnt have, Watson said. Thats really what happened. Mentally, we had a couple of errors that cost us.

It didnt cost La Grande (5-1 overall, 4-0 league) the game, especially with Greg Schuft scoring all three goals for his fifth-straight hat trick.

Schuft had an 18-yard shot that gave La Grande a 1-0 lead at halftime. Ontario tied the game 15 minutes into the second half.

Then we just kind of stepped it up and scored two goals, Watson said.

Schufts second goal hit a crossbar and bounced off an Ontario player into the goal. His third was from the outside.

Another complacent moment allowed Ontario to close the gap to 3-2.

La Grande plays a non-league game at 1 p.m. Saturday against Middleton, Idaho.