Oly Thorson is strong on defense for the Outlaws.
 photo by Jerry Baldock
Oly Thorson is strong on defense for the Outlaws. photo by Jerry Baldock
The girls soccer squad caged the Cascade Cougars in a 2-1 win at home and improved their league record to 2-5-2.

Sisters scored their first goal at the 10-minute mark to take an early lead. The Lady Outlaws were building their attack on the right side when Maddie Symonds crossed the ball to the middle. The ball was miscleared by the Cougars and Olivia Hougham was there to follow it in with a one-touch lefty. Sisters held onto the 1-0 advantage as teams entered the half.

In the 55th minute, Hallie Schwartz passed the ball up to Hollie Lewis. As defenders stepped to Lewis, she passed the ball off to an open Emma Lutz, who punched it into the upper-left corner from 18 yards out.

Keeper Reese Harwell shared, “It was a very intense game and we kept our focus. Emma and Olivia’s goals were amazing, and we just stayed positive the whole time.”

Coach Brain Holden noted several key players

“Maddie Larrabee and Maddie Symonds have really come to understand their roles as outside midfielders, which has helped our offense be more dynamic, and Hollie Lewis, even when she’s not scoring, draws a lot of attention, which draws in the defense and allows our midfielders and other forwards to be free. Hallie (Schwartz) and Olivia (Hougham) play every minute of every game. They never get tired, never quit, and are the engine of our team.”

The Outlaws continue to improve with every game they play, but need to work toward finishing their shots.

“We easily could have won 5-0 or 6-0,” said Holden. Our focus this second half of the season will be finish, finish, finish!”

The Outlaws were to play at Woodburn on Tuesday, October 15. They will host Philomath on Thursday.