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Coming in off of three game skid, the Cougars were able to shut down the Pioneers 9-1

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Junior Payton Miller was one of the contributing scorers for the Canby Cougars in their lopsided 9-1 win over the Oregon City Pioneers on Tuesday, April 24. CANBY—Canby hit a bit of a rough sketch April 13 through April 21, dropping league contests to Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Lakeridge. Coming into the April 24 game against Oregon City, it was a bit of a do-or-die situation. With their backs against the wall, the Cougars put on a solid showing and dominated the Pioneers 9-1 after 48 minutes of play.

With the win, Canby moves to 8-3 overall, 1-3 in the Three Rivers Conference. Oregon City falls to 3-5 in totality, and is 0-2 in the Three Rivers Conference. Despite the impressive tally on the scoreboard, coach Jake McDonald believes that his team could have performed even better.

"We played extremely bad," McDonald said. "Guys aren't focused, can't catch the ball, and can't pass the ball right now. Defensively we're not talking, missing a lot of shots wide open on crease. We won 9-1 but that's a total defeat for us. I don't know where our guys' heads are at after the last couple of games. We've got some work to do, that's for sure."

Canby jumped up on the Pioneers, getting two goals early in the first quarter and controlling the offensive momentum for long stretches. Oregon City would bounce back on occasion, but it was Canby's game to lose at that point. To capitalize on the momentum, senior middie Aaron Kromer punched the ball into the net with a single second left in the quarter. It was 3-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Oregon City came in looking to right ship, and through the first six minutes pressured the Canby defense. The Cougars held their ground, not ceding any goals and flipping the field around the midway point of the quarter. At 5:35 of the second stanza, junior attack Kyler Boyd scored the home team's fourth goal of the game.

Shortly after the restart, Oregon City put the screws to the Canby defense but again the Cougars held firm. After regaining control of the ball, sophomore Ronan Gay passed the ball off to freshman attack Jake Kahut who put it away at 4:04 of the second. Finally, Canby junior middie Payton Miller scored unassisted with thirty second left in the half. Heading into the locker rooms it was Canby leading 6-0.

"On defense we were able to locate their shooters right away, so we knew who was the major threat for them," Canby senior defender Jacob Huggins said. "We communicated pretty well on defense. On offense we were very patient, found good looks." HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior Aaron Kromer was a big offensive threat for the Cougars in their win over Oregon City on Tuesday, April 24.

The main points of the first half, Canby's solid defense and well timed offensive strikes, carried over into the second half. A minute in, Oregon City was again pressuring the home goal and once again were rebuffed. The Cougars picked up a goal while a man down from a penalty, and were up 7-0 when the third quarter ended.

In the final frame of play, the Cougars took advantage of Oregon City being down a man and scored their eighth goal at 8:17 of the fourth, courtesy of Kromer once again.

In three minutes time, Oregon City would get its first point of the game. The Pioneers scored at 5:36 of the fourth quarter while Canby was down a man due to penalties. The score stood at 8-1, and would remain that way until 1:30 seconds left in the game, at which point Gay put away the final goal of the game.

"I'm confident in myself, so when I'm shooting I'm thinking it's going in every time," Gay said. "It was a great pass from the guy down low and we were just trying to do what we could do and get goals up there."

When it was all said and done, Canby walked away with the W 9-1.

Canby followed up that performance with an equally impressive 15-5 drubbing of Clackamas (3-10) to get its second league win. The Cougars will look to avenge their first loss of the season as they rematch Lake Oswego (8-3) on Tuesday, May 1.

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