LA GRANDE SOCCER GIRLS FIFTH IN FINAL COACHES' POLL

November 01, 2003 12:00 am
The No. 2-ranked Tigers host Stayton in the opening round of the 3A playoffs at 7 p.m. today at La Grande High School. The Tigers, 35-3 on the season, are looking to make a lot of noise again at the 3A state tournament in Eugene Nov. 7 and 8. The winner tonight goes on to Eugene so the Tigers are looking for a lot of support from their La Grande fans. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
The No. 2-ranked Tigers host Stayton in the opening round of the 3A playoffs at 7 p.m. today at La Grande High School. The Tigers, 35-3 on the season, are looking to make a lot of noise again at the 3A state tournament in Eugene Nov. 7 and 8. The winner tonight goes on to Eugene so the Tigers are looking for a lot of support from their La Grande fans. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

The La Grande soccer girls moved up to fifth in the final 3A coaches' poll released Oct. 30.

La Grande had been floating between sixth and eighth all season in the coaches' poll. The Tigers are 12-1 and have not lost since Sept. 15. La Grande has outscored its opponents this year 59-6.

La Grande begins its playoff run Tuesday against either Oregon Episcopal or Henley.

La Grande played the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in the state this season. The Tigers beat No. 2-ranked Philomath 4-1 Sept. 27 in La Grande, and lost 4-0 Sept. 15 to Catlin Gabel in Portland.

Catlin Gabel has knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs two of the past three years. However, Catlin Gabel is in an opposite bracket from La Grande, and the Tigers will not see Catlin Gabel in the playoffs until the championship match.

Final 3A Girls Soccer Coaches' Poll

Oct. 30, 2003

Pts

1. Catlin Gabel (5) 50

2 . Philomath 43

3. Marist 33

4. Gladstone 32

5. La Grande 23

6. Hidden Valley 22

T6. Pleasant Hill 22

8. Phoenix 21

9. Wilsonville 16

10. Sherwood 4

Others receiving votes: Sisters, Blanchet, Madras, Oregon Episcopal.