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It was a tale of two halves for the Cougars who played well in the first but struggled in the second

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - The Canby defense was overwhelmed in the second half against the Clackamas Cavaliers, losing 2-5 on Tuesday, Sept. 26. It was a tough night for the Canby girls soccer team last Tuesday, Sept. 25, as they dropped their game to the visiting Clackamas Cavaliers 2-5.

Things started off well enough in the first half. Junior forward Claire Wright scored the first of Canby's two goals, and was followed thereafter by junior midfielder Madison Miller. According to coach Maria VanAcker, Canby was firing on all cylinders in the first 40 minutes.

"We really demonstrated to ourselves the level we could compete at in the first half," VanAcker said. "We did a really good job controlling the ball and connecting the passes. We were also very creative in our final serve during the first half. We defended well, absorbed pressure, counter attacked, and when we won the ball (we did) all the things we had focusing on and improving on all season."

In the second half though, the wheels came off, and Canby would let in five goals in the ensuing 40 minutes. Clackamas was able to weave through the Cougar defense and put it past sophomore goal keeper Halle Adair.

Even in the loss, VanAcker saw promise in her players that simply needs to be cultivated and built upon.

"(There was a) really great effort all around," VanAcker said. "(Senior) Mya Pottratz did a great job for us in the midfield controlling the ball and distributing well, Maddie and Claire with their goals. (Freshman) Ellie Shorter did a great job in the back controlling the defense and came in big for some big tackles as well. And it can't be forgotten, (sophomore) goalkeeper Halle Adair had an incredible game as well, in the first and second half. She made some really incredible saves out there."

Going forward, the lesson learned is clear for the Cougars: playing up to the teams potential will take the entirety of the game.

"What we learned is the level we can compete at, but we also learned the level of effort it takes to compete and pull out the win," VanAcker said. "We learned it takes all 80 minutes."

"Clackamas is a great team, they did a really great job of breaking us down in the second half. We demonstrated to ourselves the level we can compete at in the first half, but we just need to maintain our mentality and our level of effort in the second half going forward," VanAcker added.

Canby (0-2 in Three Rivers League, 2-5-1 overall) plays West Linn (3-0 in Three Rivers League, 8-1 overall) and Tualatin (2-0-1 in league, 4-2-1 overall) on Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 respectively.

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