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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Tigers lose early lead to drop girls soccer league road match

Sammy Halferty, Avery Nightingale and Ella Knott combined to lead the offensive effort Tuesday, but the Taft High girls soccer team squandered a 1-0 halftime lead to fall 3-2 to Salem Academy/Western Christian in a Special District 2 road game.

“The Kids completely outplayed Salem Academy, but their goalie kept them in the match,” Taft coach Joey Arce-Torres said. “We missed a couple of opportunities that would have sealed the match early. We were dominate on both sides of the ball.

“The defense played well, but we were unable to finish them when we had open shots. That has been our Achilles’ heel. We have more shots on goal and easier shots, but can’t find the net.”

Arce-Torres said the Tigers “ran into some bad luck,” on an early second-half score off a corner kick that bounded off a Taft player before the Tigers were whistled for a hand ball violation in the box that resulted in a successful penalty kick.

“To our team’s credit, we battled back for a tie after Halferty buries one from a great throw in from Ella,” Arce-Torres said. “Both teams fought hard for a third goal and Salem Academy made it happen. We battled till the end but came up short.

“I really wanted this one. We just fell to an equal team today.”

Taft (3-6) returns to action at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at home against Blanchet Catholic (6-2-1).

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

LeagueOverallGSGARank
 Yamhill-Carlton (3A)6-06-13088
 Blanchet Catholic (3A)6-1-16-2-1211112
 Salem Academy/Western Christian (3A)4-34-4102519
 Taft (3A)3-53-6132124
 Amity/Perrydale (3A)2-4-22-4-23721
 Dayton (3A)2-4-22-5-271725
 Gervais (2A)0-6-10-6-152533

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.

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