For most of the match, the Baker boys soccer team was the equal of the La Grande Tigers Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Community Stadium in La Grande.
But a header from La Grande senior Brady Hutchins was the difference as the Tigers claimed a 1-0 win over Baker in the Greater Oregon League opener for both teams.
La Grande improved to 3-1 overall. Baker fell to 1-4.
“It was a good game, I thought we played well, we just couldn’t finish,” Baker coach Victor Benites said. “We came really close and we just lost 1 to 0 on a corner kick.”
Neither team scored during the first half, although La Grande had six shots on goal to Baker’s one.
With just 10 minutes left in the second half, Hutchins made contact with the corner kick and put the ball in the net for the lone goal.
Baker will return to the Baker Sports Complex Monday, Sept. 27 for a nonleague match against Weiser at 4 p.m.