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Canby's girls soccer team put up a strong effort in a pair of non-league matches, but found a win elusive

In the final week of its abbreviated season, the Canby girls soccer team dropped a pair of hard-fought non-league matches.

The Cougars fell to Cleveland by a 2-0 score on Tuesday, then dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to Central Catholic on Thursday.

"We started the week with a tough match-up against Cleveland," coach Maria VanAcker said. "Our girls played really great defense, we just couldn't connect to find the back of the net. Mallory Scott had a 'lights out' performance in the back line, as did Kenna Kraft in goal."

FILE PHOTO - The Canby High girls soccer team finished its season with a pair of hard-fought non-league matches.

On Thursday, the Cougars (0-2-4 in league, 2-5-4 overall) found themselves down 1-0 at the break, but VanAcker said her team was finding opportunities. Early in the second half, her squad cashed in one of the opportunities.

"Joey Baguio and Kathryn Frentress connected (on a pass) in the second half to tie up the game," VanAcker said.

Unfortunately, shortly before the final whistle, Central Catholic found the back of the net again for the winning margin.

"We had fantastic contributions from Zoe Thompson, Hannah Schweitzer, Ellie Thompson and Elizabeth Hanthorn," VanAcker said. "This year was much different than years past, and this group of girls made the most of it. They showed up every day to learn and work hard and I couldn't be prouder of all their accomplishments. We are extremely grateful for the eight seniors who showed poised leadership this year, and over their past four years in the program - Elizabeth Hanthorn, Claire Hanthorn, Brittany Rodriguez, Ellie Shorter, Catalina Slangan, Ellie Thompson, Zoe Thompson, and Hannah Schweitzer. They will be greatly missed but the legacy they have helped build will continue for many years to come."

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