Sherwood falls in battle of defending champs
SHERWOOD — It's likely safe to say, nobody likes to lose.
That's probably especially true if you're a defending state champion.
But, sometimes, even if you lose, as long as you take a step toward reaching your potential, you can gain from a loss.
That's what the Sherwood High School girls soccer team is hoping for.
The young Lady Bowmen squad, with just one returning starter from last year's team that won the Class 6A state championship, is looking to continue growing after falling 5-1 to Camas, Wash., the defending Washington Class 4A state champ, in a non-league game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.
"It's hard," Sherwood senior midfielder Lauren Scarvie said after the match. "It's never fun to lose. But we battled hard. We kept fighting, and the effort was there."
"It was definitely rough," said Sherwood sophomore forward Loma McNeese, who scored the Lady Bowmen goal. "We knew coming in, that, if we played the best we could, we could be in it. But we just didn't come out the way we wanted. But I believe in us, wholeheartedly."
With the win, Camas moved to 3-0 on the season, outscoring its three opponents by a 19-2 margin.
Sherwood moved to 2-1-1 on the season with the setback.
"I definitely think we have potential," Scarvie said. "Our JV last year was amazing, and we're all working hard. We see the positives."
And there certainly seemed to be plenty of positives for the Lady Bowmen in their match with the powerful Papermakers in Tuesday's match.
The Lady Bowmen got a shot by junior midfielder Mia Stallard in the first 10 minutes of the contest, but it was Camas that struck first.
Papermaker junior forward Maddie Kemp, after taking a pass from junior Jazzlynn Paulson, scored on a shot from 23 yards out, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead with 24 minutes and 47 seconds left to play in the first half.
That seemed to fire up the Lady Bowmen. Sherwood sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Pfisthner made a diving save on a shot by Kemp and, soon after, she ran out to block an open shot by Camas junior Avery Fairbrother.
On the other end of the field, Sherwood freshman Kyla Nordstrom had two shots at the Camas goal and freshman Morgen Fried added another shot, all coming in a two-minute span near the midway point of the first half.
But, soon after that, Kemp struck again for the Papermakers. This time, she put a shot from 23 yards out into the upper part of the Sherwood goal, giving Camas a 2-0 advantage with 17:12 remaining in the half.
Sherwood kept trying to battle back. Pfisthner, who had a strong performance before leaving the game with an injury early in the second half, made a leaping deflection of a shot by Camas junior Carla Jooste.
Then, with 6:05 left in the first half, Lady Bowmen sophomore Jillian Leroux had a shot from 28 yards out clank hard off the left post of the Camas goal. Leroux had a free-kick attempt, less than a minute later, sail just over the crossbar of the goal, leaving the Papermakers with a 2-0 halftime advantage.
But it seemed to be a fired-up Sherwood team that took the field to start the second half. Nordstrom and junior Abby Eisenbeiss each had shots on goal in the first two minutes of the half.
Then, the Lady Bowmen were able to break through. McNeese, after stealing a pass from Camas goalie Falissitie DePasquale, hit a hard shot from 22 yards out on the right side. The ball struck the left post of the Camas goal and then bounded back into the net, giving Sherwood a goal that cut the lead to 2-1 with 28:14 left to play in the match.
"I like to finish up," McNeese said. "I always want to be there."
But the Lady Bowmen weren't able to get any closer.
Kemp scored two more goals, giving her four for the match, and Camas junior Jenna Efraimson scored the final goal of the contest, coming with 16:50 left to play, making the final score 5-1.
"This will be a good motivator for us," Scarvie said. "It will be a good wake-up call."
Camas had 13 shots on goal and four corner kicks for the contest. Sherwood had eight shots on goal and one corner kick.
The Lady Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday), when they host Clackamas in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m. at Sherwood High School.