Last week presented Columbia High’s girls soccer team with a rigorous early-season test: three matches in five days, albeit, all at home.
The Bruins made the most of their home-field advantage, winning all three matches to move into a tie for second place in Trico League standings.
CHS outscored its competition from Seton Catholic, Toledo/Winlock, and King’s Way, 14-2, to improve to 3-1.
“I felt after three wins the confidence of the team, the level of play when we put subs in, held pretty steady,” Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said.
“I think just knowing they were playing quality teams and beating them was a confidence booster,” she added.
The scoring explosion was also a welcome development, she said, and is something she hopes the Bruins can maintain against such up-coming opponents from La Center and Castle Rock.
“With this type of boom in scoring, and ball control, and just dominance at home, that’s going to be a huge confidence boost for us,” Kasenga noted. “Felt pretty good.”
Now, the trick for CHS becomes how to build on the success it has enjoyed since dropping its season opener at Woodland.
“We’ve got to keep our players healthy and show them the potential of what we’re doing. I think that’s the biggest thing,” Kasenga said. “So, to continue the momentum going, we’ll look at the things we need to improve on and highlight the things we’re doing well, and just go out and play our game.”
Columbia 6, King’s Way 0: The Bruins mounted a 4-0 halftime lead in last Saturday’s match against the Knights.
Juliet Knowles and Savannah Story scored two goals apiece for Columbia, and Emma Matson and Caitlin Scott each tallied one. All told, the Bruins put 27 shots on goal.
Goalie Samantha Spaeth, for her part, handled everything King’s Way sent her way, including thwarting a couple of 1-on-1 breakaways. She finished with 12 saves.
Columbia 6, King’s Way 0
Halftime: 3-1, CHS
Saturday, Sept. 21
Scoring: Juliet Knowles, 15th minute (Emma Matson); Matson, 28th; Knowles, 36th (Claire Anderson); Caitlin Scott, 37th (Sofia Terner); Savannah Story, 51st; Story, 74th.
Shots on goal: Columbia 27, King’s Way 8.
Corner kicks: Columbia 7, King’s Way 7.
Keeper Saves: Samantha Spaeth, 12; Makenzie Brown, 8.
Columbia 5, Toledo/Win-lock 1: The Bruins spotted the United a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when the visitors converted a penalty kick following a foul on the CHS de-fense.
But that was as good as it got for the United, who lost the lead 5 minutes later when Sofia Terner scored off an assist from Juliet Knowles.
Eleven minutes later, Katherine Childs scored the first of two unassisted 1-on-1 breakaways goals to give the Bruins a lead they never relinquished. Caitlin Scott capped the scoring in the 77th minute when she put an Emma Matson pass into the back of the net.
Terner led the team with 10 shot attempts, and Childs had five. The team altogether peppered the United goal with 27 shots.
Columbia 5, T/W 1
Halftime: 3-1, CHS
Thursday, Sept. 19
Scoring: Toledo/Winlock, penalty kick, 20th minute; Sofia Terner, 25th (Juliet Knowles); Katherine Childs, 36th; Childs, 37th; Terner, 75th; Caitlin Scott, 77th (Emma Matson).
Shots on goal: Columbia 27, Toledo/Winlock 8.
Corner kicks: Columbia 6, Toledo/Winlock 5.
Keeper Saves: Samantha Spaeth, 7; Toledo/Winlock, 9.
Columbia 3, Seton Catholic 1: Caitlin Scott, Aidan Liddiard, and Sofia Terner all scored goals to help the Bru-ins win their first match of the season.
Scott got CHS on the scoreboard in the second minute of play when she headed in Olivia Grim’s corner kick.
Liddiard made it 2-nil in the 37th minutes when she finished at the end of a Savannah Story assist with a shot from the far post.
Terner gave Columbia a two-goal lead in the 58th minute when she cleaned up a deflected attempt by Knowles in front of the Cougars’ goal.
Columbia 3, Seton 1
Halftime: 2-1, CHS
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Scoring: Caitlin Scott, 2nd minute (Olivia Grim); Aidan Liddiard, 37th (Savannah Story); Seton goal off direct kick; Sofia Terner, 58th (Juliet Knowles).
Shots on goal: Columbia 14, Seton Catholic 15.
Corner kicks: No report.
Keeper Saves: Samantha Spaeth, 14; Seton, 8.