Soccer wrap: Tualatin girls advance with playoff win over Central Catholic
It wasn't pretty, but a win is ultimately a win.
Despite what their coach and one of their captains labeled as an underwhelming effort, the Tualatin girls soccer team managed to survive and advance in the state playoffs, defeating Central Catholic 2-0 in the postseason's opening round Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29, at Tualatin High School.
The Timberwolves got two first-half goals from co-captains Maya Loudd and Avery Porter, then hung-on in the second half to secure the home win. But while pleased with the result, Wolves head coach Kale' Dwight was less than thrilled with the way in which they got it.
"Not well," the coach responded when asked after the game how his team played. "We had a lack of intensity. Central Catholic is great, and they came out here and looked like they wanted to play, and we looked like we were maybe playing beach soccer or something."
The coach chuckled a bit when asked what may have caused his team's relative malaise, but while suggesting such play could in the future lead to their defeat, added that when focused they could also be very difficult to beat.
"We have a fantastic team this year," Dwight said. "We have really good players and really good captains and have a team that can go deep into the playoffs…if we can sort these things out."
One of those captains, Avery Porter who along with her co-captain Loudd scored one of Tualatin's two goals, agreed with her coach and said they'd have to do much better if they want to advance going forward.
"We know we need to step up our level of play if we want to continue to make a playoff run," Porter said. "We got the result, which was good, but there's definitely room for improvement."
She also seemed to understand where her coach was coming from regarding his disappointment with the team's overall effort.
"We know that we have to be better if we're going to win our next game and we know we can be better," she said. "I think that's why he was so hard on us today because we have high hopes and to get where we want to go, we can't be 'okay.'"
Porter's goal came in the 35th minute and from roughly 25 yards. The senior—with a defender on—wheeled around and let loose a cracker into the upper left portion of the far post. She said that's where she was aiming, but also acknowledged a bit of surprise when it went in.
"I was just standing in the middle and I saw that I had some space, but there was a girl on me so I was shielded a bit," Porter said. "Then I just took a touch and took the shot. I really didn't think it was going in, but it got in far post."
Tualatin is set to play crosstown rival Tigard in the second round Nov. 2, and while always excited to get a crack at the rival Tigers, Porter expects it to be a difficult game for a number of reasons.
"It's always harder to play a team in the playoffs that you've played already, especially when it's your biggest rival," she said about the prospects of playing the Tigers. "But we'll go into it with the same mindset of needing to win and hopefully getting the result we need."
Dwight mostly agreed with his captain's sentiment regarding a matchup with Tigard, but said they'll be ready regardless.
"It's always harder to beat a team a second time," the coach said. "But we're going to figure out what happened today, and we're going to be ready for them."
State Soccer Playoffs
Jesuit 9, Sprague 0
Oregon City 3, W. Salem 2
Cleveland 1, S. Eugene 0
Lakeridge 3, McDaniel 2
Tualatin 2, C. Catholic 0
Tigard 1, N. Medford 0
Beaverton 1, S. Medford 0
Sheldon 2, D. Douglas 1
Sunset 2, Ida B. Wells 1
St. Mary's Acad. 2, Sherwood 1
Forest Grove 3, Mountainside 2
Lake Oswego 7, Willamette 0
Grant 5, Newberg 0
Lincoln 2, Westview 1
Barlow 5, S. Salem 0
West Linn 5, Southridge 0
Jesuit 3, W. Salem 0
Ida B. Wells 2, S. Salem 1
C. Catholic 1, Beaverton 0
Grants Pass 4, Forest Grove 0
McNary 3, Clackamas 2
Gresham 2, McMinnville 0
Mountainside 3, Century 2
S. Eugene 4, D. Douglas 0
Lincoln 5, Liberty 1
Sherwood 4, Cleveland 3
Aloha 1, N. Medford 0
Willamette 5, Tualatin 0
Westview 2, West Linn 1
Grant 3, Lake Oswego 2
Glencoe 5, Sandy 1
Lakeridge 4, Franklin 1
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