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home : sports & recreation : sports & recreation December 11, 2017

10/10/2017 1:30:00 PM
Girls soccer splits games
Rylee Weber goes up for a by Jerry Baldock
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Rylee Weber goes up for a by Jerry Baldock

By Rongi Yost

The girls soccer squad posted a 4-0 shut out at home over La Pine on Monday, October 2, but three days later were shut down 2-0 at Cottage Grove. The Outlaws improve as a squad every game they play, but continue to struggle to get the ball into the back of the net.

Victory at home over the Hawks on Tuesday was sweet and boosted the Outlaws confidence. Rylee Weber scored the first hat trick of her career to lead the squad.

Sisters scored their first goal of the contest at the 16-minute mark off a corner kick by Gracen Sundstrom. Weber met the cross at the near post with a half-volley that squeezed by the keeper for the score.

The Lady Outlaws kept up their intensity and out-played La Pine. Coach Jaron Jacobsen told The Nugget that hard work and teamwork led to Sisters' next goal.

Olivia Hougham applied pressure in the midfield and forced a turnover. Hougham stole the ball, played it over to Mirjam Ehrler, who settled the ball and made a pass back to Weber. Rylee beat two players and struck a laser-shot into the lower-right corner to give the Outlaws a 2-0 lead, which held to the half.

Sisters kept up the pressure in the second half, and took control of the game as they outplayed and out-hustled the Hawks to the 50/50 balls.

In the 47th minute, Weber scored her third goal to complete her hat trick. Hallie Schwartz beat a defender and gave Rylee a lead pass from approximately 25 yards out. Rylee beat another two defenders and booted the ball past the keeper into the left-side netting.

The Outlaws' final goal came with nine minutes left in the contest. Jacobsen described the goal.

"Sofia Affatati was played down the right side of the field in the final third, where she took her defender on one-on-one, and played a driven cross in front of the goal, where Madilyn Larrabee finished on a first-time shot past the keeper," said Jacobsen.

Weber commented, "We started with high energy and carried it through the game. We had great defense and the midfield worked hard. We transitioned the ball well, and that led to awesome scoring opportunities as a team. It was a fun game to know what we are capable of as we face crucial games the second half of the season."

Jacobsen said, "Overall, it was a fantastic team performance, and the defense and goalkeeper held a shut out."

Three days later was a completely different story, as the Outlaws were taken down by the Lions.

Cottage Grove got on the scoreboard in the second minute off a corner kick, and knocked in their final goal in the 18th minute.

Jacobsen told The Nugget that the Lady Outlaws played hard and fought until the final whistle.

"If we want to have a chance to play in the post-season, we are in a 'must-win' mode," said Jacobsen. "We need a little help, but we ultimately control our own destiny. The loss was tough, but we are still very much alive in our league."

Sisters is currently 1-4-1 in league and 2-6-1 overall. The Outlaws were to host Sutherlin on Tuesday, October 10. They hit the road on Thursday for a match up at Sweet Home against the Huskies.

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