The Valley Catholic Valiants girls soccer team just keeps rolling along in their quest to be the best High School soccer team in Oregon’s 3A/2A/1A classification. The Valiants upped their record to 9-0-1 with a 3-0 shutout win at District One, rival Catlin Gabel on Thursday (Oct. 18) afternoon.
It’s the second time this season, the second-ranked Valiants beat the number four, Eagles and first time they have done so on Catlin Gabel’s home turf, since October 2007 when the Valiants won 2-0, the sweep of the Eagles has given the Valiants an extra boost of confidence going into next week’s big match with Oregon Episcopal School, whom they’re tied atop the league standings with at 4-0-1.
“This was a great game for our confidence and the girls are excited going in to our game against OES”, states Valley Catholic head coach Kayla Crandall. “They feel like they have a little bit of unfinished business to take care of (against OES) and the girls will be ready”.
The Lady Valiants will be back on the road on Tuesday, October 23 for what promises to be a fierce battle with the OES Aardvarks. The two teams will kick-off at 6:15 under the lights at Oregon Episcopal School in Southwest Portland, Oregon.
Valley Catholic scored its first goal Thursday when sophomore, Sarah Connelly booted the ball towards the goal box in the 10th minute of the match. The ball was then deflected out to senior, Claire McLoughlin who slotted the ball into the net for a 1, nil lead, which the Lady Valiants took into intermission.
Coach Crandall was pleased with the effort the girls put out against Catlin Gabel, playing hard for the full 80 minute match. She says they made a few adjustments at halftime and came out in the second half content on sharing the ball and working together.
“(They) put together stretches of 8, 9, 10 passes in the 2nd half”, states Crandall adding, “We got our outside backs involved the whole game and got a lot of very good crosses off”.
The Valiants extended the lead to two, nil in the 49th minute, when Connelly set-up Senior Meg Rapp beautifully with a gorgeous crossing shot in the goal. Rapp jumped into the air to head the ball into the back of the net. It was Connelly’s second assist on the afternoon.
Valley Catholic closed the scoring in the 60th minute when Rapp play the set-up role this time setting up freshman, Reilly Blood to slot the ball into the corner to account for the final 3-0 margin.
The Lady Valiants will look to keep the excitement and energy from sweeping Catlin Gabel for the first time recent memory, as they take their show back on the road for next Tuesday evening’s match at OES.
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