Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker exploded for its largest offensive output of the season Tuesday, defeating Umatilla 9-0 in a nonleague girls soccer game at the Baker Sports Complex.

“It was exciting,” said Baker coach Kristen Rushton. “We had a lot of give and goes. It was fluid soccer.”

Five Bulldogs scored in the match, led by five goals from Josie Ash.

Ash scored her first goal early in the first half when she dribbled to the right of the Umatilla keeper and caromed a goal off the crossbar.

Ash scored her second goal moments later when she rifled a rocket from the left of the goal.

Ash then completed the first-half three-goal “hat trick” when she dribbled the ball across the penalty box and scored from close in.

Kaitlyn Nelson then completed Baker’s first-half scoring when she tallied a goal from just in front of the net.

Ash scored Baker’s first two goals in the second half. The first came when she drove down the right sideline and put a low shot in the net under the keeper’s reach. The second came on a breakaway up the middle of the field.

A trio of other Bulldogs then completed the scoring.

Alicia Maldonado, Rose Gwillims and Natalie Nelson each added single goals.

Nelson’s goal came off a crossing pass from her sister, Kaitlyn.

Shayna Ruby earned a shutout in goal for the Bulldogs, getting her first start of the season with regular keeper Emily Black serving a one-game suspension for receiving a red card last weekend.

Ruby had little to do in the match, handling just four Umatilla shots.

Baker returns to Greater Oregon League action Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Bulldogs host La Grande.

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