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James Thurman recorded a hat trick, and the La Grande Tigers boys soccer team pulled away late for a 5-2 win over Tillamook Saturday in The Dalles.

“Tillamook was the strongest team we’ve faced so far,” La Grande Head Coach Wade Wright said. “They were good. They were skilled.”

Thurman scored 10 minutes into the game, but the Tigers went into the half tied at 1-1. They retook the lead in the 49th minute on a goal from Callum Ebel, and Adam Endress scored on a penalty kick in the 70th minute to make it 3-1.

Thurman added two more goals in the closing minutes to push the advantage to four.

“He’s been doing pretty well this season, but Saturday he just had kind of a breakout game,” Wright said.

Christian Waugaman had three saves for the Tigers (2-1 overall) who travel to Baker Saturday to begin Greater Oregon League play.

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LHS girls earn shutout

The La Grande Tigers girls soccer team scored twice in the second half to break open a close game and came away with a 3-0 win over Tillamook Saturday in a game played in The Dalles.

Alaina Carson scored the only goal in the first half off an assist from Lexee Gomes for a 1-0 lead at the break. The duo connected again in the second half — this time a Gomes goal and a Carson assist — for a 2-0 lead, and Audrey Garlitz also scored for La Grande.

“The wind was a big factor. (We were) trying to play on the ground but the wind would get ahold of it and blow (the ball) away from us,” Head Coach Kristen Rice said. “In the second half we possessed much better.”

Faith Akers added three saves for La Grande (3-0 overall), which travels to Riverside Tuesday.

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