Anna Schmid recorded her first hat trick and Columbia High's defense surrendered its first goal in SWW 1A Trico Division girls soccer play during Monday's 9-1 victory at Stevenson.
Schmid, a senior from Trout Lake in her first year of prep girls soccer, tallied three of her four goals in the first half, which ended with the Bruins comfortably in front, 7-1. Joanna Villa added two goals in CHS's big first-half offensive.
The victory--CHS's fifth in Trico play and eighth overall--came in Columbia's return match with Stevenson, which marked the Bruins' second go-round of the division. With three league matches remaining, Columbia sits atop the standings with a one-match lead over archrival La Center in the win column.
"This game was a good chance to try some players in some different positions and continue our style of play," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said. "It was a breakthrough night in scoring for some and we've been working on using our defense in the attack more, as well as midfield drops rather than forward attacks."
The Bruins attempted 35 shots and eight corner kicks, and limited the Bulldogs to three shots on goal, one of which found the back of the CHS net in the 35th minute of the first half and cut the lead to 5-1.
For CHS, five different players scored goals; Laurel Huth and Tale Soljfeld each tallied her first goal of the season.
Columbia 4, at Castle Rock 0:
With the help of two Joanna Villa goals, the Bruins completed a perfect run through the first half of Trico Division play Oct. 2 with their fourth consecutive shutout of a conference opponent.
"It was a very physical matchup, which created an ugly evening of soccer," Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said before adding, "We're feeling positive about leading the league at the midpoint, but we know we need to refocus and try some new things."
Against the Rockets, though, the Bruins' previous ways of getting the job done worked just fine.
Villa opened the scoring in the 13th minute, depositing a pass from Lindsey Scott into the net.
That 1-0 score held up until a shot by Villa in the second half bounced off Castle Rock's goalkeeper, then Villa, "only to roll 18 yards slowly into the goal," Kasenga noted.
Columbia continued to dominate the possession game as time ticked away and added to its lead with unassisted goals by Anna Nakae in the 69th minute and Whitney Reynier in the 75th. The Bruins finished with a 17-5 shots on goal advantage.
At Columbia High 5, McLoughlin High 1:
Last Saturday, the Bruins won the first-ever meeting of the CHS and Milton-Freewater, Ore., high school's girls soccer programs.
Columbia mounted a 2-1 halftime lead with goals by Lindsey Scott (assisted by Michelle McMillen) and Whitney Reynier (assisted by Kelsey Spadaro).
In the second half, Reynier assisted on a scoring shot by McMillen and Anna Schmid netted two unassisted goals.
Mac-Hi's lone score resulted from a defensive headball by a CHS player that landed in the back of the Bruins' goal.
Columbia outshot Mac-Hi, 22-4, on goal, and the Bruins had four corner kicks to the Pioneers' one, "which also shows our offensive pressure and ability to keep the ball in the attacking end of the field," said Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga.
At Columbia 5, Riverside 3:
The Bruins won the Sept. 30 friendly in Bruin Stadium with a pair of goals--one by Joanna Villa, the other by Michelle McMillen--in the final seven minutes of action. Both scoring plays came off corner kicks.
Villa broke a 3-3 tie in the 73rd minute by finishing off a ball bobbled by the Pirates' goalkeeper.
McMillen made it 5-3 with two minutes to go, with her second goal of the match.
Columbia, which outshot Riverside, 21-6 (15-3 on goal), snapped a 2-2 halftime tie in the second half when McMillen scored with a head ball from 10 yards.
But Riverside made it a new match with nine minutes left, with a tying goal off a direct kick by Shannon Callow.
The Bruins struck first, though, when Anna Schmid finished at the end of a pass from Lindsey Scott in the 9th minute. Later, CHS notched its second goal when Emily Paxson launched a shot from a defensive position of 28 yards that was beyond the goalkeeper's reach.
"We didn't have the best focus (against Riverside) due to Homecoming and other issues; however, we had good offensive pressure and managed to keep our winning alive," said Kasenga, who cited Katie Yarnell and Sandra Guzman for "outstanding defensive play."
Columbia High (5-0, 8-1-1) kicks off its rematch with Kalama tonight at 6 in Bruins Stadium. Next Tuesday, the Bruins travel to second-place La Center for another rematch--the outcome of which will have a bearing on this year's final Trico standings.