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The Bowmen get three goals and two assists from senior Ella Weathers in Pacific Conference opener.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Morris with Forest Grove's Hailee Grismore defending during the Bowmen's league opener versus the Vikings Tuesday night, Oct. 4, at Forest Grove High School.Some wins are simply bigger than others, and for Sherwood on the heels of three consecutive defeats, in their league opener, and against arguably their stiffest Pacific Conference competition, the Bowmen got one of those "bigger" wins when they defeated Forest Grove 5-3 Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, at Forest Grove High School.

"This is a big win for us tonight," Sherwood head coach Natasha Cohen said. "We have our eyes set on a conference title and we knew that Forest Grove is always an excellent team and I'm just super proud that we showed up and battled."

The Bowmen (3-4-2, 1-0) wasted little time taking their first lead, getting a goal from sophomore Grace Coston in the game's fourth minute, then a second from senior Ella Weathers just two minutes later. Weathers tallied three goals and two assists in the game and afterwards spoke to what the game meant to them in the wake of a string of defeats.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove senior Sophia Broberg dribbles towards the goal during the Vikings' game with Sherwood Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Forest Grove High School."I think this really boosts our morale," Weathers said. "It give us confidence going into league play. We played really good teams over that stretch and that's why we lost, but this was just a good confidence booster for us to get going in the league."

It was quite the opposite for Forest Grove (5-3-1, 0-1) who appeared out of sorts all night.

"We got caught flat and I don't think we were ready to play tonight," Forest Grove head coach Ignacio Olvera said. "I felt the girls were a little off and I didn't see the energy that I usually see from them. We weren't stepping to the ball and playing a team like that, if you let the ball bounce you're going to get in trouble."

After Weathers' goal made it 2-0 Sherwood, Forest Grove's Elise Broberg cut the lead to 2-1 before the Bowmen again struck to push the lead to 3-1 on a Mati Riquelme goal.

Broberg cut the lead to 3-2 just before half on a penalty kick and momentum appeared to have swung back to the Vikes, but Weathers quickly turned that tide with a goal four minutes into the second half and added another at the game's 60-minute mark to mostly ice the game and the pivotal Sherwood win.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Sherwood's Ella Weathers during the Bowmen's game with Forest Grove Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Forest Grove High School. Weathers scored three goals and had two assists in the game."We really put the pieces together tonight," Cohen said. "We talked about the little things that matter and if you take care of those things, big things will happen. I felt like the girls did what they needed to do."

Weathers said the game itself and the league ramifications stemming from it were motivation enough, but that the team had a little extra pep in their step for this game against the Vikings due to being eliminated from last year's playoffs by their conference foe.

"Especially since we lost in penalty kicks," Weathers said. "I think that kind of motivated all of our returners who were in that game to beat them even more."

Olvera understood the magnitude of the game pertaining to the league battle ahead and said it's on them to now decide what they hope to learn from the defeat, along with how to apply it.

"We talked about stepping up our game and stepping up our training to be ready for games like this," the Forest Grove coach said. "I really wanted to win this game but we weren't prepared for it and we didn't react well to those early goals."

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Forest Grove junior Elise Broberg attacks the Sherwood defense during the Vikings' game with Sherwood Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Forest Grove High School. Broberg scored three goals in the game.At the same time, Olvera said the team understood their shortcomings and responded well to the defeat in their postgame conversation.

"At the beginning they were a little down, but after we started talking everyone agreed it's time to pick it up," Olvera said. "We need to give everybody the support they need, especially the freshmen, and in the end it was pretty positive."

It was all positive for Sherwood, and Weathers expects this to really motivate them going forward.

"This will definitely help us," she said. "Getting this win under our belt will really motivate us to keep working hard and keep going as we go through the season."

Forest Grove's Elise Broberg scored all three goals for the Vikings.

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