West Linn girls soccer opens playoffs with 7-0 win over Centennial
So far, it's so far, so good for the West Linn girls soccer team.
The Lions opened the 2018 Class 6A state playoffs on an absolute roll, racing past Centennial 7-0 in Saturday's first playoff round at West Linn High School.
"(It was) just about how we got everyone in and really played as a team," said West Linn sophomore defender Cami Fulcher, who helped the Lions shut out the Eagles in Saturday's rainy contest. "It wasn't just one person scoring. Everyone contributed and we won as a team."
"I think that the amount of goals that we were putting in gave us more energy and kept the intensity up," said West Linn freshman midfielder Asia Hardin, who scored once in Saturday's victory. "I think that we possessed the ball really well and there were times where we connected 10 or more passes together which we work on every single day in practice — that was really exciting."
With the win — the second-ranked Lions' 13th straight — West Linn improved to 14-0-1 after going unbeaten to win the Three Rivers League. Next up, the Lions will host No. 15 St. Mary's (9-4-2 overall after finishing third in the TRL) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Lions said they would be ready to get back after it again in the second round.
"(It's) just keeping a positive attitude and not getting down on each other and always lifting each other up and making sure that we are encouraging," Hardin said. "When something bad happens, we'll tell them that they'll get it next time."
"(It's) definitely possession and energy. … We've just got to keep it up," Fulcher said.
The Eagles, meanwhile, finished at 7-7-1 overall after placing fourth in the Mt. Hood Conference.
The Lions began pouring shots at the Centennial goal almost from the beginning of Saturday's rain-soaked contest, eventually getting the night's first score from senior midfielder Calli Masters.
But that was just the start of the offensive fireworks for the Lions. Next up, junior midfielder Abby Schmidt connected to give West Linn a 2-0 lead, and senior forward Sophie Conrad came through to score next and extend the Lions' lead to 3-0.
Then, with 4 minutes, 5 seconds to go in the first half, West Linn junior forward Rosie Larsen took a long through ball up the left side and tapped it past Centennial keeper Bethany Dinh to make it 4-0 at the half.
The Lions weren't done, either.
They came back with another three scores in the second half to forge their final 7-0 margin of victory. Hardin got the first goal in that last trio, knocking the ball home in a crowd at the left post with 34:47 left to play.
Junior forward Lauren Jones did her part five minutes later, scoring on the end of a corner kick by senior teammate Olivia Wattles to make it 6-0. And finally, Wattles scored after collecting a rebound off a teammate's shot with 14:52 left on the clock.