The Pioneers drop their third straight game in Northwest Oregon Conference play.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Dakota Blizzard (left) and La Salle's Joseph Dierckes (right) battle for the ball.

Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Boys Soccer

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La Salle

SANDY — Sometimes in sports, all it takes is one to get the job done.

That's all it took for the La Salle soccer squad in their game against Sandy.

Sophomore Luke Strange score the only goal of the game for La Salle in the 68th minute as the Falcons defeated Sandy by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

"We're really happy to get out of here with a win," La Salle head coach Seth Altshuler said. "Sandy is a very good team and they are really organized defensively…It was one of those games where we didn't play the prettiest soccer, but when you get the win you're happy. Hats off to Sandy though, they made it very difficult for us."

After winning their first seven games of the season, Sandy has fallen on hard times after losing senior midfielder and team captain Julian Carpenter.

Carpenter suffered a leg injury in a 1-0 loss at Hillsboro back on Oct. 3. As a result, the Pioneers were shutout in their next two games against Parkrose and then La Salle.

"It's definitely very difficult for us to play without Julian," Sandy head coach Garet Luebbert said. "He does a lot of things for our team. He brings a lot of leadership to our team and he rises to the occasion over and over again."

Sandy had many chances to score in the second half, but were turned away each time by the La Salle defense. One of their best opportunities came in the 67th minute when Allan Lainez had a decent look near the top of the box, but sailed his shot over the crossbar.

Look for extended coverage in the Oct. 18 print edition.

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