Pendleton — For a 3+ hour drive to Pendleton, the 2022 start for the Redmond Panthers couldn’t have gone any better than it did on Friday. The season opener took place on a steamy 95-degree day in Pendleton, with a strong 20+ MPH wind being a relief from what could’ve been a blistering heat. Just like the air around them, the Panthers caught fire early and often against Pendleton, doing plenty to secure their first dub of the season.
Redmond secured possession early on in the game, immediately attacking the back end of the Pendleton defense and putting pressure on the goalkeeper. After a few decent attempts, Reese Wedding came through with a goal in the 14th minute, making it 1-0 Redmond. Only two minutes later, a miscue by Pendleton got taken advantage of by Brooklyn Forsyth, who found Wedding and she turned her season debut into a brace performance only 16 minutes into the game. Pendleton would have a couple glimmers of opportunity offensively, but Redmond was always right there to stop them at the end of it.
After a Pendleton foul in the 23rd minute, Redmond’s Jillian Bremont lined up for a free kick and drilled a beauty to the left corner of the net, extending the Panthers advantage to 3-0 over Pendleton. Trista Johnson joined the scoring party late in the first half, scoring on a rebound to make it a 4-0 Redmond lead at the half against Pendleton. The second half was more of the same, as the Panthers dominated possession and converted on the numerous chances that they had in the game. Wedding added two more goals to finish with four goals in the opener, and Redmond started 2022 with a dominant 6-0 win over Pendleton.
Redmond: Honestly, this should’ve been a mercy rule victory if they would’ve shot it as much as they could have earlier on in the game. The defense was excellent and kept Pendleton at bay, but conversion on offensive opportunities is definitely a focal point in both strength and improvement. Nice start for the Panthers, and Reese Wedding is a machine gun.
Pendleton: The midfield and back line struggled mightily to clear it out of the defensive zone, resulting in just one opportunity after another for Redmond. It is very hard to fault Miranda Medrano for how much the Panthers scored, as she was just pelted with shots on the net. Definitely not the start for Pendleton, but nothing to say that they can’t turn it around this season!
Redmond (1-0) hosts Sisters on Thursday, Pendleton (0-1) hosts McLoughlin on Tuesday