Girls’ soccer midseason preview


Now with the West Linn Girls’ soccer team regular season coming to a close, the Lions are primed to make a deep playoff run. The Lions finished fourth in the Three Rivers League this season which lands them a home playoff game next Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Aloha Warriors.

The team finished their season at home against Oregon City Pioneers. The three seniors, Gabrielle Estey, Hannah Gulgren, and Tatiana Cooney, were honored before the game. The Lions tied the game 2-2, with both goals coming from Madison Leek, junior.

Two weeks earlier the Lions faced the Lake Oswego Lakers at home and won 4-1. Forwards Leek and Nicole Campbell, junior, each scored twice in the win. Next the team faced their toughest league opponent, the Clackamas Cavaliers.  The Cavaliers came in ranked 11th in state and had dominated the TRL.

The Lions battled the very physical Cavaliers team, and pulled out another victory. Madison Mills, sophomore, scored her first goal of the season on a header off a corner. Campbell scored later on a breakaway to put the game away at 2-0.

“They performed very well, not only winning the game, but pitching a shutout as well,” head coach Holly Baird said of the team’s victory.

The Lions fought to the finish, but in the end came up short in a 2-1 loss. Paige Myers, junior, contributed her first goal of the season in the loss.

The Lions played the Canby Cougars for a second time this season on October 11. The girls took it to the Cougars winning 2-0. Leek and Campbell provided the Lions’ offense, scoring a goal apiece.

The team followed the next week with a tie at Oregon City (0-0) and a 5-1 loss at Lakeridge.

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