SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls soccer team was looking for a bounce-back performance.
After falling 9-0 to defending Class 6A state champion powerhouse Jesuit, the Lady Bowmen were aiming to come back with a strong performance in their match with Cleveland.
Well, Sherwood did exactly what it was hoping to do.
The Lady Bowmen, shining on both ends of the field, powered their way to a 3-1 win over the Warriors in a non-league contest played Sept. 26 at Sherwood High School.
"It's a pretty big comeback, since we just played Jesuit," said Sherwood junior midfielder Allison Alvarado, who scored the Lady Bowmen's first goal of the match. "We wanted to show all the other teams that we're actually good. For sure, that was motivation."
"We all had a lot energy," said Sherwood senior forward Alysia Alvarado, who scored the third Lady Bowmen goal. "We kind of lost it at Jesuit, but we got it back. I hope that we learned from that game."
Cleveland, from the Portland Interscholastic League, moved to 4-3-1 on the season with the setback. Sherwood, from the Pacific Conference, improved to 5-1-1 with the victory.
"It went well. It was a good comeback," Alysia Alvarado said. "We've been practicing on moving, and we did well with the forwards."
"It was good," Allison Alvarado said. "I felt that we fought hard, we didn't give up, and we just fought to the end."
Allison Alvarado gave Sherwood an early lead in the match. After taking a pass from senior Loma McNeese from the baseline, Alvarado drilled a shot from 10 yards away into the right side of the Cleveland goal, giving the Lady Bowmen a 1-0 advantage with 28 minutes and 58 seconds left to play in the first half.
"I feel like I was just in the right spot at the right time," Allison Alvarado said. "It felt good."
Just a little over a minute later, Allison Alvarado blasted another shot at the Cleveland goal, from 22 yards out, with the ball sailing over the crossbar. McNeese had an attempt from 10 yards out with 17:40 left in the half, with Cleveland goalkeeper Jordyn Hoff making a diving block of the ball.
Meanwhile, the Sherwood defense, including junior Morgen Fried, senior Jillian Leroux, sophomore Emmry Schrems and senior Ava Boughey, among others, allowed Cleveland just two shots on goal in the first half, with Lady Bowmen senior goalkeeper Jadie Baldwin making saves on both of those attempts.
Sherwood struck quick — really quick — to open the second half. Lady Bowmen freshman forward Ella Weathers, after taking a long pass from sophomore Ellie Schmidt, put her open shot from 10 yards away past Hoff and into the Cleveland goal, upping the Sherwood lead to 2-0 with 39:32 left in the match.
Cleveland tried to answer back right away, with a high, line-drive shot by senior Rylee Pierce, but a leaping Baldwin was able to deflect the ball, with one hand, over the crossbar of the Lady Bowmen goal.
"Our goalie (Tali Kozma) is hurt right now, so Jadie came out and wanted to show the team what she could do," Allison Alvarado said.
"Jadie played amazing," Alysia Alvarado said. "She had some great saves."
Soon after, Cleveland was able to break through. Pierce, striking another hard shot, was able to score from 22 yards out, putting the ball into the right side of the Lady Bowmen goal, cutting the Sherwood lead to 2-1 with 37:36 left in the match.
The Warriors nearly got the equalizer when senior Madeline Sweet had a close-range open shot with 23:51 left to play. But Baldwin came through for Sherwood again, making a sliding kick save to help preserve the 2-1 lead.
Sherwood then got an insurance goal when Alysia Alvarado, after taking a pass from McNeese, scored on a shot from 22 yards away, putting the ball just inside the left post of the Cleveland goal, upping the Lady Bowmen lead to 3-1 with 16:32 left in the match.
"That was everyone," Alysia Alvarado said of her goal. "We all moved, and Loma played a great pass."
Soon after, the Lady Bowmen were celebrating their victory.
"It was really fun. It was fun to come back and show the other teams how we can play," Allison Alvarado said. "Teamwork is a big thing for us. It's not just one player."
The Lady Bowmen will be back in action on Tuesday, when they play at Wilsonville in a non-league game starting at 7 p.m. Sherwood will open its conference schedule on Oct. 9, when it plays at Newberg in a match starting at 7 p.m.
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