LHS girls finish first half of WSL play at 4-0-1
The first half of Westside League play ended in typical fashion for Lassen High School's girls' soccer team. The girls stand atop the league standings with a 4-0-1 record after victories over Gridley 7-0 and Orland 2-1 last week.
Gridley never stood a chance last Tuesday at Susanville's Riverside Park. The Grizzlies picked apart the Bulldogs' defense early in a fast-paced game to take a 2-0 halftime lead.
"We could have led 4-0 at halftime, but we couldn't convert on a couple scoring chances," Lassen head coach Steve Datema said. "The girls poured it on in the second half though."
After Linda Vazquez and Andin Moran scored in the first half, four players found the net.
Moran scored on an assist from Melissa Michaels; Courtney Oates followed with an unassisted goal; with help from Vazquez, Elise Estes netted a goal; Renee Duerkson scored on a penalty kick and Estes ended the game with a score on another assist from Vazquez.
Orland gave the girls a formidable challenge. Scoreless at halftime, Oates put Lassen ahead 10 minutes into the second half, scoring off a feed from LeAnn McCracken.
The Trojans then tied the score on a penalty, before Nicole Harris rifled a shot in the right-upper corner for the game-winning goal.
"Orland was real physical and gave the girls a real test. I think Orland is tougher to beat than Corning," said Datema, who directed his team to a 1-1 tie against Corning on the road last month. "We out-played (Corning), but just couldn't get the ball in the net."
Lassen has given up just two goals in league - both penalty kicks.
The Grizzlies fell to 0-5 in the WSL following losses to Gridley 2-0 and Orland 8-0.
The boys played their "most complete game of the year" against Gridley, Lassen head coach Dennis Michaels said.
"Gridley is deceiving. It was their first win and as they were missing some players earlier in the year. We didn't have a lot of scoring opportunities, but limited their scoring chances and effectively shut down some breakaway opportunities they had," Michaels said.
"(Goalie) Pete (Datema) played a great game. He held his own against a pretty talented team," he said.
After the loss, Lassen turned around a played poorly against Orland.
Orland scored five times in the first half. The final two goals came against Lassen's reserves.
"It was a learning experience for our guys. We played on a field two-thirds as small as ours and we didn't make the adjustments," Michaels said.
The Grizzlies have been outscored 20-1 in five league games.
Both and boys and girls are off for a week before hosting Oroville on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to resume WSL play.