Kamiakin shuts out Hermiston girls soccer

<p>Hermiston's Macey Foley, 12, vies for possession of the ball with Kamiakin's Natalie Maus during the Braves' 10-0 rout of the Bulldogs Monday at Kennison Field.</p>

The Kamiakin Braves made short work of the Hermiston girls soccer team Monday night at Kennison Field, easily coming out on top in a 10-0 victory.

The Braves racked up five goals in the first half followed by another five in the second to secure the win over the tentative Bulldogs, who fell to 1-5 overall in the loss.

Hermiston coach Danielle Turner said she knew the Braves were going to be tough but added the loss was disappointing, nonetheless.

“It’s tough for the girls, but that’s what preseason is for,” she said.

Monday, the Bulldogs floundered on the pitch while Kamiakin easily took control, dominating the speed of the game and the ball.

The Braves kept Hermiston goalkeeper Kilie Harrison, a freshman, busy at the net, and while Harrison came up with some nice saves during the game, she could not hold off all the Braves’ shots on goal.

While Turner said she was pleased with the Bulldogs’ effort, overall, their youth and inexperience showed as they struggled to keep up with the speedy Braves.

Turner said even though the Bulldogs made all the adjustments asked of them at the half, their tentative play and lack of communication hurt them.

“And when you have a team that plays on the run like that, it’s tough to adapt,” she said.

Turner said she hoped Monday’s loss will be another learning experience for her young team who is still finding its way this season.

Moving ahead, she said, the Bulldogs will continue to work on the most pressing issues: all of the players winning their individual battles and coming together as a team on the pitch.

“It can’t be one or two people. It has to be all 11,” Turner said.

“We’re working toward that final piece. It’s coming, but it’s tough.”

Right now, she said her team really needs a confidence booster, which she hopes it will find when the Bulldogs hit the road to take on St. Helens today at St. Helens.

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