North Marion girls soccer falls to Hidden Valley
The North Marion girls soccer quest for gold came up just one game short.
The Huskies reached the state semifinals on the backs of five straight wins, including victories over Astoria and Philomath. Against Hidden Valley (15-0-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 9, they were unable to put the final nail in the coffin, losing 2-1 in regulation.
The lone goal in the semifinal game came courtesy of North Marion striker and offensive wunderkind Dominique Huapeo, knocking the ball into the net in the 76th minute to make the game 2-1. Hidden Valley had jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the 20th and 42nd minutes.
North Marion outshot the Mustangs 13 to 12, with eight shots on goal to Hidden Valley's six.
It brings an end to a season of excellence. Previously in the playoffs, North Marion downed Philomath (10-3-3), winning 1-0 on Saturday, Nov. 6. Huapeo once again scored North Marion's goal in the game, with an assist from fellow senior Teagan Welch. Senior goalkeeper Mallory Patzer recorded eight saves, and the backline of junior Adrie Lader, junior Ashley Delgado, sophomore Melanie Kirstein, Welch, and freshman substitute Chloe Comerford kept Philomath from getting many clean looks.
In the opening round of the playoffs, the Huskies dominated Astoria 6-0. In the regular season, North Marion ran up a 10-3-1 record, including victories over Gladstone, 5A Silverton, and 3A/2A/1A Santiam Christian/Kings Valley Charter School. The team racked up 42 goals over 14 games. The defense only gave up eight goals and earned nine shutouts.
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