In a game of two of the premier high school girls soccer programs in Oregon’s Tri Valley Conference you would figure to see a good clean game of soccer. That’s in a perfect world, enter reality and Tuesday night’s (Sept. 27) match between the North Marion Huskies and La Salle Prep Falcons was anything but perfect. But as the saying goes, good teams find ways to win as the Falcons used an early goal to give North Marion its first loss of the young season, 1-0 at La Salle Stadium.
La Salle Prep head coach Ryan Cerreghino said the first 15 to 20 minutes of the match was good for his club, making sharp passes and sticking to the game plan. But then things went sloppy and that has been something the Falcons have been working to prevent and play hard and smart for the full 80 minute match.
Despite the inconsistency in Tuesday’s match, Cerreghino did see some positives on the night just not as many as La Salle Prep would like to see. The Falcons out shot North Marion 25-4 with 8 shots on goal for the La Salle Prep.
“We had a lot of opportunities, (it just comes down to) consistency”. I’d like to see (the game) played for 80 minutes and have a scoring line that is a little different than just 1-0“.
La Salle Prep’s lone goal came early in the first half when Courtney Crain found fellow sophomore Megan White in a prime position for the scoring chance.
“I remember it was right to me, one of those perfect balls that you don’t get very often, just right in front of the goalie (and I) just poked it right in there”, recalled White.
The rest of the match saw the two teams playing a game of what Cerreghino kick-back where the two teams were just sending the ball back and forth to each other.
“I think what can happen when you’re playing against a team whose down my one (and) can feel the time running down, it’s easier to just kick the ball right back and what ends happening is you have this kicking back and forth game where no possession is won”.
After the match Cerreghino told his Falcons two things they need to work on going forward is to continue to grow in their fitness which will help with not getting fatigued so they’re able to go full speed for 80 minutes.
“If our legs aren’t tired there’s more likely that we’re going to have better passes, better technique in everything that we do”.
The other part, he says, comes down to repetition in practice, driving home the skills and technique so that what they do becomes second nature in games. Which Cerreghino believes will help in preventing the mental fatigue.
The Falcons have now won five straight matches to open the season and are tied for first in the Tri Valley conference with rival Gladstone at 2-0. La Salle Prep will play at Molalla on September 29 before traveling to Gladstone on October 4th.