North Marion's hot start continues
The good-vibe train keeps rolling for the North Marion girls soccer team after the Huskies took down perennial title contender Valley Catholic, 4-2 on Thursday.
The victory came a scant two days after running away to a 12-1 win over the Junction City Tigers on Sept. 10.
The victories pushed North Marion (3-0) up to No. 3 in the OSAA rankings after the first two weeks of the season as the Huskies continue to prove their case as a championship-caliber team in their own right.
The home win over the Valiants (1-2) was a particularly important litmus test for the Huskies, given Valley Catholic's dominance this decade at the 4A and 3A/2A/1A levels.
In total, the Valiants have competed in a state championship game in all but one season since 2012. Valley Catholic won back-to-back state championships, in 2013 as a 3A/2A/1A team, and again in 2014 after moving up to the 4A level. After falling in the 4A semifinals in 2015, the Valiants have been to three consecutive title games, winning the 4A crown in 2017.
In Thursday's showdown between the Huskies and Valiants, North Marion held a 2-1 lead at halftime and doubled their advantage by the end of the game. North Marion's Mya Hammack finished the game with two goals, as did the Valiants' Parissa Sabet.
Jo Carbajal finished with a goal and an assist in the win, while Carter Crawford notched a score of her own.
The victory came on the heels of a blowout at Junction City two days earlier.
Hammack finished the game against the Tigers with a whopping five goals and three assists. The Huskies' all-state junior midfielder has led the team in scoring in all three games this season, and currently has 10 goals and four assists on the year.
Sophomore Dominique Huapeo had two goals and two assists in the win, and Hailey Welch added a goal and two assists.
Crawford, Carbajal, Teagan Welch and Dani Christenson each scored a goal. Crawford had an assist as well, as did freshman Adrie Lader.
The Huskies were scheduled to wrap up their non-conference schedule on Tuesday with a trip to 5A No. 8 Scappoose (2-0), the first of three straight road games for North Marion. The Huskies' next home game won't be until Oct. 1 against the Estacada Rangers.
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