Sunday marks our first full month into the fall season, and more or less a full month in, we’ve learned a lot while becoming more confused into other areas. Nonetheless, plenty was to be discussed after our latest week of action and here are some of the headliners from it….
La Salle Prep’s Comeback To Keep Them Undefeated
On Thursday evening, the Falcons faced arguably their toughest opponent of the season, a surging 6A Bend team that was riding a four game winning streak entering the match. Trailing 2-1 with 12 minutes remaining, Sydney Spotts delivered a tying netter on a shot low to get even with the Lava Bears. With seven minutes left, Gretchen Shea put the Falcons up for good by drilling a beautiful ball past the keeper to take a 3-2 lead and complete the comeback victory over Bend. It was a huge victory for La Salle Prep, who proved their ability to remain calm and execute in the clutch, a massive key to defeating #1 Wilsonville in league play on October 6th.
Tualatin’s Feat Against Jesuit
Although it wasn’t a dub, the Timberwolves achieved something that no team has done since 2019, score a goal on the Crusaders. Maya Loudd netted a goal in the first half to tie the game 1-1 with Jesuit, with the Crusaders eventually getting two more in the second half to secure the victory after a battle test on Monday against Lincoln with a 1-0 win and finish undefeated on the week. Its a huge feat that proves that Jesuit is penetrable defensively, and that Tualatin is a team to reckon with in the Three Rivers League this fall alongside Lake Oswego, Oregon City, and West Linn.
Beaverton Starts Hot At 8-0
The Beavers finally made the impression that we’ve been waiting for all season, taking #3 Wells to the shed with a 3-0 road victory over one of the best defensive teams in the state, establishing their 8-0 start as a legitimate one instead of an empty one. They followed up their upset with a 3-1 victory over Clackamas, certainly finding themselves in the Top 10 come Sunday’s power rankings release. The Beavers have only allowed five goals in their eight games, with a looming showdown with #1 Jesuit coming on October 4th.
Corbett Upsets North Marion, Who Upsets Gladstone…..Welcome To The Tri-Valley Conference
Raise your hand if you had the Corbett Cardinals leading the Tri-Valley Conference on September 25th…..yeah I didn’t think so. On Tuesday, the #8 Cardinals proved their legitimacy with a 2-1 upset win over #6 North Marion on the road, putting them at 5-0 on the season. They would follow up with a dub over Molalla 3-2 and a 6-0 record, outright leading the Tri-Valley Conference because of what else happened on Thursday.
The #6 Huskies wanted their moment in the spotlight, so on Thursday they muddied everything all over again in the 4A field. The Huskies hosted #2 Gladstone and extinguished their high powered offense, shutting them out for the first time this season and ending their shutout streak to take the dub 1-0. When it all settled, Corbett leads the Tri-Valley Conference at 2-0, while North Marion and Gladstone find themselves tied in second spot at 1-1. This might be the most fun conference in the state right now, and it’ll be fascinating to see who comes out on top.
Dayton’s Hot Start
Wrapping up the weekly headliners are the Dayton Pirates, who sit as a Top 5 team in the 3A/2A/1A landscape. Falling just short against #3 OES to open the season, Dayton have wins over #8 Blanchet Catholic and #9 Amity/Western Christian this season and feel comfortable in their current position. Taylor Wilson, Renika Oliveria, Kya Kearns, and Paola Covarrubias are the quad that lead their offense, which have netted 17 goals in the early going of the season. If their defense can tighten down a bit against better opponents, we could be mentioning Dayton’s name as a state contender in November with Catlin Gabel, OES, and Santiam Christian.