Baker girls soccer

Baker’s Brooklyn Jaca, 5, and Maya Smith, 6, look to control the ball against La Grande Saturday.

Baker’s Greater Oregon League girls soccer match against La Grande Saturday was like two matches in one.

La Grande dominated the first half, scoring four goals. Baker’s defense then tightened, allowing just one more score after halftime but eventually losing the match 5-0.

“The girls played a better second half,” said Baker coach Kristen Rushton. “I told the girls at halftime that we play soccer because it makes us happy, and no one can take your happiness away.”

La Grande scored in bunches in the first half.

The Tigers’ first goal came with 21:15 left in the half. La Grande’s second goal came just 17 seconds later.

La Grande nearly equalled that later in the half when the Tigers scored two more goals just 50 seconds apart.

Despite the loss Rushton said she was proud of the Bulldogs.

“I’m just super proud of this team,” she said. “They played them much better than the first time. We’re just getting better every game.”

Baker has two more home GOL matches in the regular season. The Bulldogs host Ontario Saturday, and Mac-Hi Oct. 26. Both matches start at noon.

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