Tigard girls dominate in win over Franklin
TIGARD — Jaiden Riodil had a big smile on her face.
The Tigard High School freshman couldn't stop smiling.
Riodil, and the Tigard girls soccer team, certainly had plenty of reasons to smile.
The Tigers, with Riodil scoring four goals, turned in a sterling performance on both ends of the field on their way to scoring a 4-0 win over Franklin in a non-league match played Tuesday at Tigard High School.
"For me, this was super fun. I always had a smile on my face," Riodil said after the victory. "It's my first year in high school, so it's exciting."
"We did really well. I'm super happy," said Tigard senior defender Steffani Rodriguez, who helped the Tigers record the shutout. "We kept being positive, and we worked together."
With the loss, Franklin moved to 2-3 on the season. With the win, its second straight, Tigard improved to 2-1.
"I think it's been going pretty good," Riodil said. "In our first game, we lost (3-0) to Camas (Wash.), but I feel like we've improved from that, because, in our second game, we beat Westview (3-2), and today, we kept the momentum going."
"We're looking pretty good," Rodriguez said. "I'm pretty sure we can make it to the playoffs. I'm really excited for that, because it's my senior year. I want to finish strong."
Meanwhile, the Tigers started strong in Tuesday's match. Riodil scored on a shot from 25 yards away on the right side, blasting the ball just under the crossbar of the Franklin goal, to give Tigard a 1-0 lead with 32 minutes and 25 seconds left to play in the first half.
"I just stayed on the outside, and I called for the ball," Riodil said. "They switched over to me, and I scored."
Just eight minutes later, Riodil struck again. After taking a through pass from Tigard senior Kristiana Saldana, Riodil scored on a shot from 16 yards away, putting the ball inside the right post, upping the Tiger lead to 2-0.
Tigard kept firing away after that, getting shots on goal from senior Anette Hernandez Bran and junior Lydia Emory.
Riodil then scored her third goal of the first half, coming on a driving shot from 15 yards away, making the score 3-0 with 10:40 left before the break.
Rodriguez and Tigard junior Ajae Holdman had shots on goal in the final 6:44 of the first half, which ended with the Tigers holding a 3-0 lead.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Tigard kept on the attack.
Tiger sophomore Avery Alderman had a close-range flick shot, coming off a corner kick, deflected off the crossbar by Franklin goalkeeper Ruby Swiericzuk with 30:56 left in the match.
From there, Emory had a free-kick attempt batted away by a diving Swiericzuk, Riodil had a shot hit the right post of the Franklin goal and Saldana had a shot from 22 yards away drift wide right of the Franklin goal.
But, with 17:42 remaining, Tigard was able to tack on another goal. Emory started the scoring play with a hard shot from 20 yards away, with Swiericzuk deflecting the ball on a dive. But Riodil was in the right place at the right time, as she was able to knock in a close-range rebound shot to wrap up the scoring in the Tigers' 4-0 victory.
"I thought we did pretty good," Riodil said. "We worked together as a team. I think we played well. We switched the ball often, so people were open on the far end."
Tigard had 17 shots on goal and seven corner kicks in the contest. Meanwhile, the Tiger defense, including senior Logan Kennedy, Rodriguez, junior Jordan Williams and senior Katherine Cameron, among others, didn't allow Franklin a single shot on goal, or a single corner kick, in the match.
"We just communicated, that's the key," Rodriguez said of the strong defensive effort. "This was super strong."
The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday, when they play at David Douglas in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m. Tigard will be back at home on Tuesday to face Gresham in a non-league match starting at 7 p.m.
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