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Entire team, from 11 seniors to 8 underclassmen, pushes on as 'united group' to finish short season on a high note.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Sophomore midfielder Jaiden Riodil (5), an all-league second-team player last year, is back with the Tigers this year. Joining her in strong performances so far this season are freshman right back Ella Erickson and freshman midfielder McKenna EgglestonTigard girls soccer coach Duccio Tagliaferri is optimistic about the games the Tigers have already played — the team had a 1-2-2 record as of the start of this week — and the games still ahead.

What this year's team includes is a large roster of returning seniors, including Lydia Emory. Emory and sophomore Jaiden Riodil were both second-team all-league players last season.

"The girls are working really hard, and although we have 11 seniors, we also have one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen, so we have a fairly young team that is learning a lot from the older players," said Tagliaferri.

Tagliaferri said he's had the privilege of coaching those seniors the last three seasons, something he couldn't be happier about as he helps guide them to the end of their high school soccer careers.

"It's a very united group, and the goal for them is to leave a legacy at Tigard for the future generations to come," he said.

Last season, the Tigers had a 7-7-2 record overall but lost in the first round of the playoffs. So how does Tagliaferri think the season has shaped up so far?

"Our first game wasn't what we were expecting, but the girls came back to the next few games and have been playing well," Tagliaferri said. "We suffered multiple injuries against Canby and Tualatin, so the game against St. Mary's Academy wasn't ideal. We lost another player to injury against St. Mary's as well."

But the team is playing solid soccer, with numerous individuals standing out.

"We have a very good group of student athletes," said Tagliaferri. "If I would have to pick some players that stood (out) so far, I would say Caitlyn Cannan, our senior center back; Lydia Emory, senior midfielder; Jaiden Riodil, sophomore midfielder; Ella Erickson, freshman right back; and McKenna Eggleston, freshman midfielder."

Despite the hardships and the social distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tagliaferri said that the spirit of the team is good, and the Tigers are simply happy to be able to be out on the field and playing.PMG FILE PHOTO - Lydia Emory (2), a returning senior midfielder, is one of this years standouts for the Tigard Tigards.

He's also impressed with the composition of his current group of players.

"It is a group of hardworking yet fun players. They have developed a strong camaraderie in such a short time, which is quite impressive," Tagliaferri said.

For the remainder of the season, Tagliaferri said his goal is simple, and that's for "everyone to enjoy themselves playing on the field, and also to ease the transition of the new players added to the team."


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