By Eamon Walsh (Sports Editor)
EAGLES GIRLS KNOCK OFF ‘VARKS
The Catlin Gabel girls varsity soccer team took down OES Friday Night, defeating the Aardvarks 3-0. Catlin’s first goal came courtesy of sophomore Sophie Wand in the 17th minute, as Wand made a strong tackle before dribbling across the top of the 18-yard box and slotting her shot just under the crossbar and in. Wand netted another goal just two minutes later off of a penalty kick won by freshman Kendrick Dahlin. This time, Wand blasted the ball into the bottom right corner. The Eagle’s final goal came off a 25-yard stunner by senior Emma Sadle, who received a pass from sophomore Sophia Spry before curling a one-timer into the top left corner. The second half was dominated by the Eagles, but Catlin couldn’t seem to find another goal. However, in the 75th minute, the crowd collectively held their breath as junior Anousha Greiveldinger had to be carted off the field due to injury. Luckily, she only suffered from a bad calf cramp. As far as discipline in the match, OES’s Joanna Cloutier picked up a yellow card just inside the 15th minute on a foul of Sophie Wand. Cloutier, the senior center back and team captain, was lucky not to pick up a second caution, as she was the defender who conceded the penalty kick to Dahlin. Dahlin stood out up front throughout the game, hustling to press defenders and making cutting diagonal runs through the defense. The Eagle’s dominant win is sure to keep them atop the OSAA rankings.
CATLIN BOYS DRAW WITH OES
The Catlin Gabel boys varsity soccer team dropped two points to a gritty OES team Friday night, despite having dominated much of the game. The game got off to a quick start, as Senior captain Hanson Lian put back junior captain Spud Ward’s free kick inside the first minute, giving the Eagles the early lead. In the 27th minute, junior Will Swan was shown the first of the game’s four yellow cards, the others going to Catlin’s Christian Long and Jaden Edwards, and Oregon Episcopal’s Jason Lim. The first half ended with the Eagles controlling most of the possession, but no clear chances materialized besides a chip from Ward towards sophomore Mateo Sufuentes which was bobbled but then controlled by the Aardvark’s keeper. The second half was end to end soccer, but the Aardvarks broke through in the 56th minute with a long-range goal from left back Connor Mansfield that curled under keeper Bowen Blair’s outstretched hands and into the net. In the 78th minute, the Eagles seemed poised to retake the lead after senior Christian Long won a penalty kick, but Ward unluckily blasted the ball into post, and the Eagles were unable to follow up on two rebounds. Junior defender and captain Evan Karp played outstandingly, making countless goal-saving tackles and playing exceedingly accurate through balls to his forwards. Additionally, freshman Elijah Widdows showed why he was selected to the varsity squad, playing exceptionally in his time on the field. Though he didn’t start, Widdows emphatically proved he belonged by taking advantage of some poor defending by OES’s midfield and making long runs with the ball and creating chances with his passing.