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Taft girls fall short of State soccer playoffs; Halferty named Player of the Year

Sammy Halferty

Taft High’s quest for a spot in the Class 3A/2A/1A OSAA State Girls Soccer Championships fell just short Saturday in a 2-0 league playoff defeat to Dayton at Salem Academy, but senior striker Sammy Halferty waltzed off with Special District 2 Player of the Year honors.

The Tigers, who earned the league’s Sportsmanship Award for the second straight season, surrendered goals in the first and second half despite a strong initial showing against the Pirates.

“Taft outplayed their opponents in the first half,” Tigers coach Joey Arce-Torres said. “We had many opportunities, but could not get the goal. We had double-digit shots on goal. Dayton shot one and got one. It was impressive play all around.”

Taft was unable to get an equalizer in a second half that produced similar results, Arce-Torres said.

“Then, Dayton got a second goal that sealed the deal,” he said.

Taft’s Avery Nightingale earned second-team all-District honors, while Chloe Peterson, Delayna O’Daniels and Corey Van Damme were honorable mention.

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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.


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