No. 6 North Marion falls at No. 2 Gladstone
The No. 6 North Marion girls soccer team is looking to regroup after suffering its first league defeat of the 2019 season.
The Huskies (6-2, 3-1 Tri-Valley) entered last week's road contest at No. 2 Gladstone (6-1, 3-0) tied with the Gladiators, with both teams looking to take sole possession of the conference lead.
In the end, Gladstone walked away with a 3-0 win, their fourth-straight victory and third consecutive shutout. They now take a one-game lead over North Marion, which fell into a tie for second place in league with the No. 9 Molalla Indians (4-3-1, 3-1).
Before the loss, North Marion had staked a 9-1 win at home over the Estacada Rangers (0-7-1, 0-4) on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Taking a 3-0 lead into the second half, the Huskies exploded for six goals in the final 40 minutes to conclude the game with one of their biggest wins of the season.
Sophomore Teagan Welch led the team with three goals, along with an assist on a goal by Jo Carbajal.
Mya Hammack tallied a pair of goals and assisted on another by Hailey Welch.
Hailey Welch had two of her own and assisted on one of Hammack's goals, while Katie Zapata scored on an unassisted shot.
Adrie Lader and Dani Christenson each assisted on two of Teagan Welch's scores.
North Marion wraps up its first half of league play on Wednesday against the No. 10 Corbett Cardinals (4-2, 2-1).
After a road-heavy first half of the season, North Marion plays four of its final six games of the regular season at home. As one of four teams in the Tri-Valley Conference ranked inside the top 10 of the OSAA standings, the Huskies are well-positioned to make a playoff run regardless of where they finish in the league.
The top two teams of the Tri-Valley Conference and the other five 4A leagues will automatically qualify for the first round of the state playoffs. The eight teams with the highest rank will fill out the play-in bracket that will determine the last four teams of the state playoff bracket.
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