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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Nightingale’s three goals propel Taft girls to league soccer win

Avery Nightingale (12) leads the way for the Taft girls soccer team (File photos by Lon French)

Junior Avery Nightingale scored her first three goals of the season Monday to lead the Taft High girls soccer team to a 5-1 victory at Gervais that snapped a four-game league losing streak.

“The game was our best of the season with the bench getting heavy playing time,” Taft coach Joey Arce-Torres said. “Our communication and passing had the largest impact on the lopsided score. Our offense was patient and moved the ball from side to side.”

Chloe Peterson

Senior striker Sammy Halferty, the Tigers’ leading scorer, and sophomore Chloe  Peterson added goals for Taft with Halferty, senior Autumn Ellis and sophomore Nicole Reyes posting assists.

The Class 3A Tigers built a 3-1 halftime lead en route to evening their Special District 2 record to 3-3 and overall mark to 3-4. Gercais fell to 0-5-1.

“The Gervais keeper blocked many of our shots and showed great skill, but we kept at it,” Arce-Torres said. “Our defense kept the ball out of our side and controlled the pace of the match.”

Sammy Halferty

Arce-Torres credited Halferty and sophomore Saige Ulrich for providing several key minutes by directing traffic and keeping Gervais scrambling for most of the match.

“It was very much a team win and one we needed for our confidence.” he said. “We had a few swingers [junior varsity players] who showed some great improvement, especially Olivia Coulter.

“The offense was patient and passed the ball well. The defense was consistent and calm, never panicked and kept the ball wide. We played deep into our bench and gave heavy minutes to our less-experienced members.”

Taft returns to action at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Amity (1-3-2).

Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Standings

League Overall GS GA Rank
 Yamhill-Carlton (3A) 4-0 4-1 22 8 7
 Blanchet Catholic (3A) 3-1-1 3-2-1 11 10 21
 Salem Academy/Western Christian (3A) 3-1 3-2 6 14 19
 Taft (3A) 3-3 3-4 11 16 22
 Dayton (3A) 1-2-2 1-3-2 4 12 28
 Amity/Perrydale (3A) 1-3-2 1-3-2 1 3 26
 Gervais (2A) 0-5-1 0-5-1 5 22 33

GS-Goals Scored; GA-Goals Allowed

Jim Fossum
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Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.


  1. Thank you for all that you do in covering the high school sports. It is so fun to read about these athletes and their abilities. I am the parent of the Nightingale children who you have covered for a few years now. I have a small request. You keep spelling our last name Nightengale, but I hope you can make the correction to Nightingale.

    Thanks again for all the coverage!

    Hollie Nightingale


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