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Team celebrates senior night and goes on to victory over Newberg 3-1; battles talented Tigard team to standstill

The Canby High girls soccer team notched a 3-1 win Tuesday, March 9, against Newberg.

The night got underway with a celebration for the team's eight seniors — Zoe Thompson, Ellie Thompson, Claire Hanthorn, Elizabeth Hanthorn, Brittany Rodriguez, Catalina Slangan, Hannah Schweitzer and Ellie Shorter — then things got really fun.

Canby got things rolling early when Zoe Thompson found the back of the net just three minutes into the match.

"The ball bounced out to the top of the 18 (yard box) from a corner kick and she finished it," said head coach Maria VanAcker.

Another goal just before halftime also came off a corner kick, this one from Ashley Peterson, with Claire Hanthorn netting the goal.

"In the second half, the girls continued to play hard and not give up after Newberg scored, making it 2-1," VanAcker said. "Then Joey Baguio combined with Ellie Shorter in the midfield and broke through their defense for the final goal of the game."

VanAcker said that for this group this year is all about playing with no regrets.

"The girls have seen first-hand how quickly life can change and the game can be taken away from them," the coach said. "In the past year, many of them have experienced setbacks — including season-ending knee injuries, battles with cancer, and now the setbacks COVID has brought upon us.

"They have promised each other that every night could be their last playing together, and that they won't ever take it for granted. As their coach, I am so proud of this group of young women."

Cougars tie Tigard in tight one

Canby backed up Monday's win with a 1-1 tie against a Tigard team that VanAcker descrbed as "very skilled."

Turns out, the Cougars have some skill of their own and came away with the tie in a hard-fought match.

"The game was a battle from the start and we scored first off a goal from Joey Baguio," said VanAcker.

Tigard would find the equalizer in the second half and that's how it would end. There was plenty of good play across the field for the Cougars.

"Mykenna Kraft had a great game in goal for us with really great saves, especially in the second half," said the coach. "Katie Anderson, Ellie Thompson, Zoe Thompson, Mallory Scott and Brittany Rodriguez played lock-down defense in the back and did a great job shutting down their attacks."

VanAcker also pointed to the midfield where the Cougars got solid contributions from Claire Hanthorn, Elizabeth Hanthorn and Kathryn Fentress.

"Overall, a great performance by the entire team," VanAcker noted. "As with all games, we'll look to capitalize on the things we did well, and improve in the areas that broke down."

Canby plays again on Monday against visiting St. Mary's.

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