Early own goal costs Lady Dawgs against Eagles

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chroncle

The Creswell Lady Bulldogs started off strong and had many opportunities to score early, but fell 0-1 to visiting Santiam Christian on Sept. 26; a game scheduled at Jefferson on Sept. 28 was canceled because the Lions were unable to field a complete team.

Early in the game, the Lady Dawgs were “playing a great game of possession,” said Creswell Head Coach Janelle Sailer, “but we lost momentum a little bit in the second half of the first half, which climaxed with an own goal in the 21st minute for us to go down 0-1.”

At halftime, the coach and her team discussed “the importance of putting away our opportunities early and keeping with our game plan of playing possession,” Sailer said. “The girls responded and played well in the second half, but still could not put the ball in the back of the net.”

Junior Allison Smathers took four strong far-range shots, but was unable to score.

Junior goalkeeper Tabetha Donovan made five saves for the Bulldogs, and senior backup goalie Kylie Hecker also saw some playing time and made one key save.

This week, the Lady Dawgs will host a makeup nonleague against Elmira and travel to Central Linn for a regular league contest.

“We will continue to work on our finishing skills and our game of possession,” Sailer said.

In a pair of away games last week, the boys’ soccer team tied host Santiam Christian 1-1 on Sept. 26 and fell 2-4 to host East Linn Christian on Sept. 28.