Baker girls soccer record remains unblemished

Written by MIKE FERGUSON, Baker City Herald October 17, 2008 03:20 pm

A 3-0 victory over over Ontario improves the Bulldogs’ Special District 7 mark to 8-0


8-0 and 11-0-1 are very good marks indeed.

Those are the Special District 7 and overall records the Baker High School girls soccer team now sports following a 3-0 victory over Ontario Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex.

The victory clinched a second straight Special District title for the girls squad.

“(Team members) are pretty set on finishing undefeated, and they can do it if they put their minds to it,” coach DeeDee Clarke said. “They were very excited to win the league title two years in a row.”

Baker has just two more games before beginning the state playoffs. The Bulldogs travel to La Grande for a 1 p.m. contest against the Tigers Thursday, then close out their regular season by hosting Riverside beginning at noon Saturday.

Thursday’s game proved to be the struggle Clarke thought it might be. Baker’s high-powered offense had 14 shots in the first half, but only Dallas Defrees’ bank shot off a pass from Ashley Shively found the back of the net.

The Tigers had 9 first-half shots on Baker goalkeeper Kristen Hoopes.

“I was not pleased at halftime,” Clarke said. “We talked to them and told them to get aggressive, but they kind of coach themselves. They know what they’re doing wrong. I tell them what I see, but they’re the ones who make the adjustments.”

About 10 minutes into the second half, Robbie Langrell took the ball the length of the field, then took a shot that was deflected right to Defrees. Defrees’ second goal gave her team a 2-0 advantage.

“I like at least a two-goal margin,” Clarke said.

She liked her chances even more when Langrell scored from the side of the goal with about 10 minutes remaining.

On the day, Defrees took 9 shots, Mackenzie Warner 5, Kim Countryman 3, Maggie Harlow 2, Langrell 2, Shasta Overton 2 and Shively 2.

Clarke praised the work of Callie Baxter, who “did a great job sending the ball up to (Warner).”

The Baker junior varsity dropped its first game of the season Thursday against Ontario, 6-0. Clarke said the Baker squad controlled the action during the second half, but five first-half goals by the Tigers spelled doom for the Bulldogs.

“The second half, they looked like the team they are,” Clarke said. “They got 18 shots in the second half and controlled the game, but they just couldn’t sink a shot.”

Clarke said the girls will “practice finishing” this week as it prepares for its final district games and then the state playoffs.

“We’re going to try to maintain what we have,” she said. “We may move a couple of players around and tune up at midfield a little bit.”