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Off To A Good Start

Joanna Villa's four goals lead Columbia to victory in girls soccer season opener

Joanna Villa scored four goals last Saturday to lead Columbia High's girls varsity soccer team to a season-opening 6-1 victory over Riverside High in Boardman, Ore.

Villa, a junior forward, was accurate throughout the non-league match, needing just five shots to net her career-best four goals. Overall, the Bruins outshot the Pirates, 13-6, with goalkeeper Tale Soljfeld recording six saves for CHS.

Villa tallied two goals in the first half and senior Anna Schmid netted one as Columbia mounted a 3-1 halftime advantage. (Riverside got its goal off a penalty kick that followed a handball by CHS's defense in the goal box.)

Columbia continued to dominate in the second half. Villa found the back of the net two more times and freshman Lyndsey Scott scored once for the Bruins, who got outstanding leadership from team captains and senior midfielders Whitney Reynier and Anna Anderson.

"It was a good first game and we're looking forward to testing Woodland and Stevenson this week," said Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga.

Columbia JV 7, at Riverside JV 1:

Karina Barajas and Katie Crumpacker each scored hat tricks for the Junior Bruins, and Lucy Andresen netted the seventh goal last Saturday.

"The Junior Bruins played short with only 10 on the field, so their win shows great team strength this early in the season," Kasenga noted.

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