The St. Mary’s girls soccer team hasn’t taken too many league losses during head coach Dave Potter’s tenure but when it happens, it’s Potter’s hope they can learn from those moments.
The Crusaders proved Saturday that was the case against Lakeview, with St. Mary’s showing good poise in avenging an earlier loss to the Honkers with a 4-1 District 5 victory at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“We contributed mightily to our (2-1) loss over there (on Sept. 16),” said Potter, “so we were really looking forward to this to look at, No. 1, how much we’ve improved since then and, No. 2, how we’ve recovered from that.”
Lakeview utilized as many as seven defenders in the back third of the pitch once again but this time, St. Mary’s (5-3, 4-1 Dist. 5) found a better solution than before.
Crusaders junior Maddie Wheelock scored in the 25th minute off an assist by sophomore Rylie Kreul and later added three assists of her own as St. Mary’s led 2-0 at intermission and had four goals before Lakeview (5-2, 3-2) got on the board in the 66th minute.
“The girls really spread them out this time by being patient and picked their spots to punch through their defensive line,” said Potter.
Freshman Sophia Dobry scored from close range in the 34th minute, junior Gabi Castillo tallied in the 48th minute and senior Sara Klott scored with a shot to the far post before Hannah Suba netted a shot for the Honkers.
League leaders St. Mary’s and Cascade Christian (6-2-1, 3-1) will square off at 4 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. Cellular before the Crusaders host Oregon Episcopal on Saturday.
CHURCHILL 10, CRATER 0: At Eugene, Crater goalkeeper Lauren Noyes had 24 saves as the Comets were blanked by Churchill in a Midwestern League match.
The Lancers (4-5-1, 2-1 MWL) dealt the Comets (2-6, 0-3) their fourth straight loss.
THURSTON 5, EAGLE POINT 0: At Springfield, Thurston’s Tonathiu Corona-Garcia scored in the third and 60th minutes to spoil an undermanned road effort by Eagle Point in Midwestern League play.
Freshman center-midfielder Memo Cortes led the charge for the Eagles (3-6, 1-2 MWL), who trailed 2-0 at the half but saw Thurston (3-8, 1-3) score three goals in the final 20 minutes.
Jose Torres, Brandon Canchola and Pedro Torres also scored for the Colts.
CHURCHILL 7, CRATER 0: At Central Point, Crater suffered its fourth straight loss and a third consecutive shutout in the Midwestern League match at Dutch Meyer Field.
The Comets (2-6-1, 0-3 MWL) trailed only 2-0 at halftime but Churchill (4-5-1, 2-1) was able to net three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to break things open.
PACIFIC/BANDON 2, ROGUE RIVER 1: At Rogue River, Camilo Martinez scored on assist from Garren Decker in the 20th minute to give Rogue River the early lead, but Pacific rallied with a pair of goals to take the District 5 victory.
The Chieftains (4-5-1, 2-5-1 Dist. 5), who allowed the equalizer in the 23rd minute and let in the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute, had numerous scoring chances to tie the game but were unable to capitalize.
The Pirates (2-10, 1-8) snapped a 10-game losing streak.