Prep soccer: La Salle rolls in state opener

November 9, 2011 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — Striking early and often, unbeaten La Salle made a big impression in the first round of the Class 1A state girls soccer playoffs, blanking Lakeside 5-0 at Marquette Stadium on Wednesday.

Sophomore Grace Martin kept up her scoring spree, knocking in two goals, and junior Allie McGree had two assists as the Lightning broke away with all five goals in the first half.

After McGree assisted Martin in the 25th minute, La Salle followed with four more goals in the next 15 minutes to avenge a quarterfinal loss to Lakeside last year.

“Our speed was a huge factor and the girls were ready to make the most of it,” said La Salle coach Felix Hernandez. “We took six shots in the first two minutes and when I saw that I decided to throw a third forward up front. The team was ready tonight.”

Martin’s two tallies gave her 27 goals for the season and extended her goal-scoring streak to 10 straight matches.

McKenzie Andringa, Kate McGree and Karly Sattler also scored for La Salle, and goalkeepers Stephanie Perez, Lauren Spencer and Anna Zeutenhorst combined for eight saves.

The Lightning (16-0-2) will host Cashmere (18-0) in a Saturday quarterfinal at 1 p.m.

First half: 1, La Salle, Grace Martin (Allie McGree), 25:00; 2, La Salle, McKenzie Andringa, 27:00; 3, La Salle, Kate McGree, 30:00; 4, La Salle, Martin (Clare McGree), 33:00; 5, La Salle, Karly Sattler (A. McGree), 40:00.

Second half: No scoring.

Saves: Stephanie Perez (La Salle) 3, Lauren Spencer (La Salle) 2, Anna Zeutenhorst (La Salle) 3, Courtney Kovalesky (Lakeside) 14.

CASHMERE 3, NACHES VALLEY 0: At Cashmere, Wash., the Bulldogs remained undefeated with Suzy McCall’s four saves and a stout defensive effort in the first-round match.

Cashmere (18-0) scored its first goal three minutes before halftime and made it 2-0 five minutes after the break.

Naches Valley, the SCAC league and district runner-up, finished its season 14-3-1.

First half: 1, Cashmere, Tianna Helm (Dani Morseman) 37:00.

Second half: 2, Cashmere, Breanne Knishka (Tessa McCormick) 45:00; 3, Cashmere, Gaby Gonzalez (Morseman) 65:00.

Saves: Regan Gibbs (NV) 10, Suzy McCall (C) 4.


EAST VALLEY-SPOKANE 3, PROSSER 0: At Spokane, Amanda Bliesner scored a goal in each half to help the Knights, a final four team last year, win its eighth straight match.

Holding a 1-0 lead at halftime, East Valley (14-6) pounced for two goals in the first six minutes of the second half.

The Mustangs ended their season at 14-5-1.

First half: 1, EV, Amanda Bliesner (Sol), 20:00.

Second half: 2, EV, Brittany Dugger, 42:00. 3, EV, Bliesner, 46:00.

Saves: Jamie White (P) 9, MacFarlane (EV) 1.

Filed under All, La Salle, Naches Valley, Prosser, Soccer (Girls)


2 Responses to “Prep soccer: La Salle rolls in state opener”
  1. K Gibbs says:

    Please note that Naches had a great game first half on a U12 sized field with a tremendous amount of bad sportsmanship displayed on the part of the Cashmere players and parents. Three dads were behind the Naches keeper’s goal on both halves (in other words, they followed her), claiming to be ball shaggers, but they were razzing her the entire game, trying to get to her. This is completely against regulations, yet the ref let it continue.
    The forwards and some midfielders were sandwiched hard at every available opportunity (including 10 feet in front of the center AR), yet this was not called. This was not soccer, this was American football on the part of Cashmere. Lots of tackles and way too agressive of play. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt.
    Also, your stats are inaccurate. Regan (NV) made 20 legitimate saves, not 10. Please give credit where credit is due.

    • ken jackson says:

      Wow. I was at the game and saw it quite differently. Yes, Cashmere was the more agressive and physical team. But totally within the rules. I watched both teams play each other many times when they were part of the CWAC. The matches were always tough, physical battles with the best team normally coming out on top, as was the case yesterday. Best of luck to Nachees next year. I’m sure we’ll meet again and have another exciting battle.

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