Sherwood goes up 2-0 on Southridge in Tuesday's opener

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - WAY UP HIGH -- Sherwood High School sophomore Kaillen Fried (left) heads the ball above Southridge's Kelsey Beber in Tuesday's game. Fried scored the Lady Bowmen's first goal in the 2-2 tie. BEAVERTON — It wasn’t a win.

It wasn’t a loss.

But, for the Sherwood High School girls soccer team, it seemed to be a pretty good way to start the season.

The Lady Bowmen, playing their first match at the Class 6A level, battled Southridge to a 2-2 tie in a spirited non-league match played Tuesday at Southridge High School.

“I think we worked hard and competed. It was intense,” said Sherwood senior Sydney Strohmaier, who scored one of the two Lady Bowmen goals. “For our first 6A game, I thought we did well.”

“I think we were all a little nervous at first,” said Sherwood sophomore Kaillen Fried, who scored the team’s first goal of the season. “But we turned that into positive energy.”

The tie left both teams with a 0-0-1 start to the season. For the Lady Bowmen, the contest also gave them a peak of what Class 6A soccer is like.

“We learned from this,” Strohmaier said. “(Class) 6A teams don’t let down. We have to play hard the entire match, and I thought we did a good job with that tonight.”

“I’m proud of our team,” Fried said. “We came out strong.”

They sure seemed to.

The fired-up Sherwood squad got an early shot on goal from sophomore Lindsay Howard and a key clear on the defensive end of the field by sophomore Daria Brandt.

The Lady Bowmen then struck for their first-ever goal at the Class 6A level.

Sherwood senior defender Abby Muller started the scoring play with a long pass toward the Southridge goal. Fried battled her way to the ball, slipped past the Skyhawk goalie and a defender, and booted the ball into the net from five yards away to give the Lady Bowmen a 1-0 lead with 27 minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the first half.

“It was a great pass,” Fried said of the goal. “I just knocked it in.”

The goal seemed to fire up the Lady Bowmen even more.

In the first couple minutes following the goal, Sherwood got a diving save by sophomore goalkeeper Madison Reimer and a shot on goal by Strohmaier.

The Lady Bowmen then came oh-so-close to adding onto their lead. With 17:01 left in the half, Howard took a hard volley shot off a corner kick by sophomore Cameron Greene, with the ball smacking off the right post of the Southridge goal.

Sherwood also got shots on goal from senior Sarah Garoutte and Fried in the final minutes of the first half, which ended with the Lady Bowmen holding a 1-0 lead.

Sherwood seemed to carry its momentum into the second half — and that showed in a hurray.

Strohmaier, after taking the second-half kickoff from Howard, drove down the field, hit the ball off a Southridge defender, got to the loose ball and fired a shot into the right side of the Southridge goal from 17 yards away, upping the lead to 2-0 just 12 seconds into the second half.

“Lindsay hit the ball, and I got to it,” Strohmaier said, adding that she’s never scored that quickly to start a half before. “I didn’t expect it.”

While the Lady Bowmen had momentum at that point, Southridge quickly grabbed it back.

The Skyhawks cut the Sherwood lead to 2-1 with 35:44 left in the match when Payton O’Billovich scored from 10 yards away after getting to the ball in a scramble following a free kick by Andie Giles.

The Lady Bowmen tried to answer back with shots on goal from Howard and junior Allison Schwarm, but those attempts were either saved, or off the mark.

Southridge then got the equalizer when Haley Clark scored on a shot from 12 yards away, with the ball going just inside the right post of the Sherwood goal, making the score 2-2 with 10:51 left in the match.

The Lady Bowmen got shots from Howard and Fried in the final minutes, and Southridge got a late shot from Nikki Nishimura, but neither side was able to put the ball in the net, leaving the teams with a 2-2 tie.

“They had nothing to lose,” Strohmaier said of Southridge’s second-half rally. “They came out guns blazing.”

For the match, Sherwood had 11 shots on goal while Southridge had seven. Sherwood had five corner kicks, compared to three for the Skyhawks.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action tonight (Thursday) when they host Sunset, last year’s Class 6A state runner-up, in a non-league match set to start at 7 p.m. at Sherwood. On Monday, Sherwood will be home to face Corvallis in a 7 p.m. non-league contest.

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