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Unbeaten And Unscored Upon

Columbia High girls open lead in Trico soccer standings

With one match to go to reach the halfway point of the SWW 1A Trico Division girls soccer schedule, Columbia High remained unbeaten and unscored upon.

The Bruins recorded their third consecutive shutout of a Trico opponent last Thursday when they defeated their archrivals, the La Center Wildcats, 2-0, in Bruin Stadium.

Columbia (3-0 in Trico, 4-1-1 overall) got all the scoring it needed in the opening 15 minutes of play, with goals by midfielder Anna Anderson in the 11th minute and forward Joanna Villa in the 15th.

CHS then preserved that margin of victory with a ball-control attack that had La Center scrambling all over the field and an aggressive back-line defense that limited the Wildcats' scoring chances.

Defensive standouts for Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga's team included defenders Katie Yarnell, Manon Lerebourg, Rebecka Childs, Emily Paxson and Sandra Guzman.

Anderson opened the scoring with a shot from 18 yards at Bruin Stadium's south goal. Anderson struck the ball with her right foot and put it, left to right, just over the outstretched hands of La Center's goalkeeper.

Villa's goal--her 10th of the season--was similar to Anderson's in that it came from the same area of the field, near the upper left corner of the penalty box. Villa kicked it from about 20 yards and hit nothing but net.

Washougal 1, at Columbia High 0:

The Bruins absorbed their first defeat of the season Sept. 23, finally yielding a goal to the Panthers' Jordon Seekins in the 78th minute.

Columbia's loss came on a night when it outshot Washougal, 16-7, and got a strong performance from goalkeeper Claire Stevenson in her first match of 2008.

"I feel positive after the match in that the Bruins played good possession and high-level soccer for the entire game," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said. "They didn't stop playing and the defensive style of the Panthers allowed our girls to work quicker and take their chances from the outside."

But, in the final issue, "we were unsuccessful in putting the ball in the back of the net, which is what really counts."

Columbia High 5, at Kalama 0:

Midfielder Whitney Reynier scored two goals--one in each half--Sept. 18 to lead the Bruins to their second Trico win.

The Bruins dominated the Chinooks in every phase of the game, outshooting their hosts, 38-2.

"Ideally I'd like to see the team connect on more of their shots, but it was a night of shared effort," Kasenga noted. "Shots came from 10 different plays, which shows how well-rounded we are this year."

Lindsey Scott got the Bruins on the scoreboard in the 5th minute, off an assist by Anna Schmid. Reynier then made it 2-0 in the 25th minute on a goal assisted by Joanna Villa.

At the intermission, the score stood at 3-0, thanks to an unassisted goal by Schmid in the 37th minute, from just inside the 18-yard box.

The Bruins added to their tally in the second half with an unassisted goal by Michelle McMillen in the 50th minute, then closed out the scoring in the 78th when Reynier put a pass from Scott in the bottom left corner of the goal.

Moreover, goalkeeper Tale Soljfeld didn't touch the ball until midway through the second half, when Kalama attempted a penalty kick.

"Our defense was strong and shut down every attack made by the Chinooks," Kasenga noted.

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