Columbia High's girls soccer team got good looks last week at its first two Trico Division opponents.
The Bruins opened their second season by beating the Stevenson Bulldogs, 3-1, there last Wednesday, Sept. 8, then lost, 1-0, at home last Thursday, Sept. 9, to the La Center Wildcats. Both were non-league matches.
On Tuesday, Columbia was scheduled to travel to Stevenson for its first of 14 Trico matches. On Thursday, the Bruins visit La Center and hope to return the favor.
Columbia High 3, at Stevenson 1 --
Freshman Shannon McNallan scored two goals and sophomore Chani Weiler netted one in a match that was scoreless at halftime.
The Bruins broke the tie in the first five minutes of the second half on McNallan's first career goal. Weiler made it 2-0 moments later.
Stevenson cut the lead in half midway through the second half but McNallan doubled it again toward the end of regulation.
Freshman Kaci Kreps and Kelsey Kidd split time in goal for CHS.
Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said she wasn't sure what to expect from her team "because we're so young."
In fact, she expected the season-opening opponents to be more evenly matched.
Instead, the Bruins dominated the first 15 minutes of action, led by the ball-controlling play of their midfielders and forward line.
Moreover, Columbia had two early goals by junior forward Kelley McNallan nullified by offsides calls.
"Take away those two calls and it would've been 5-1," Kasenga noted.
La Center 1, at Columbia High 0 --
The Wildcats' Julie Bolen scored on "a beautiful shot from 30 yards out" off an assist by Brittney Roggenkamp late in the first half to give La Center the lead once and for all.
Kasenga said it was a disappointing loss because the Bruins dominated ball possession and outshot the Wildcats, 33-11.
"We took 33 shots and hit everything but the center," she said.
La Center goalie Brittney Syrus accounted for 18 keeper saves.
Kasenga singled out Shannon McNallan for her play in the midfield, Chani Weiler and freshman Naomi Halpern for their ball-handling and sophomore sweeper Chelsea Ludwig for her defensive play.