The Mustangs have outscored opponents 43-0 heading into Thursday’s Northwest Oregon Conference opener at Hillsboro
Milwaukie’s Kiersten Charron, Ellie Holmes and Asha Sanders scored two goals each, and Katelyn Howard added a goal and four assists, leading the Mustangs to a 10-0 non conference girls’ soccer rout over Central Thursday.
Annika Candee and Yesenia Torres also scored for Milwaukie, and goalkeeper Kinsleigh Edmunds registered her sixth consecutive shutout as the Mustangs (6-0) sent the Panthers of Independence to their fourth loss in a row.
After Central (1-4) fell behind 1-0 on an own goal in the 13th minute, the Mustangs got first-half goals from Candee, Howard, Torres, Holmes, Charron and Sanders to turn the game into a blowout.
“I couldn’t have predicted that our team would really come together like this,” said Milwaukie coach Kent McCarty, whose Mustangs have outscored their first non conference opponents by a 43-0 margin. “To not be scored on at this point is a bit surprising I think at the high school level.
“That’s not an easy task, just because they are still young soccer players and errors occur. I think that’s been a pleasant surprise. We want to keep that going.”
The next test come Thursday when the No.2-ranked Mustangs go on the road to open Northwest Oregon Conference in a 5 p.m. match against Hillsboro (1-3-3).
“I think we’re emotionally ready, we hope we’re physically ready, and now we’ll let the chips fall where they may,” McCarty said. “It’s amazing how well these girls have played together as a team.
“To me as a coach, one of the impressive things is we’ve got 43 goals with 27 assists, and it’s balanced scoring as well, so our opponents have to play us all.”
This Milwaukie team is almost identical to the one that lost to Hermiston in last season’s 5A play-in round, having graduated only one senior, Alice Mendez, which helps explain how the Mustangs were able to hit the ground running to start the season.
“We didn’t need to spend a lot of time with the ‘getting-to-know-you’ routine,” McCarty said. “We were a solid team right out of the gate, which allowed us to spend more time on, ‘Let’s see what we can do.’ That has been a key for us, plus having a positive attitude.”
Hillsboro has won three straight in the series with the Mustangs, including last season’s 2-1 victory at Milwaukie.
In seven non-conference games this season, the Spartans have scored seven goals and surrendered 12. Their record includes a win over 5A Hermiston, ties against three 6A schools (Gresham, Liberty and Franklin), and losses to 6A South Medford, 6A Glencoe, and 5A Hood River Valley.
“We played well against Hillsboro in our opener last season,” McCarty said. “They have been a team to beat over the last few years and I think we’re going to make it a match. It’s going to be an interesting league this year.”