Early goals spell doom for EJ soccer team

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Posted 3/3/21

The first half proved fatal twice last week.

The Port Townsend and Chimacum combined high school girls soccer team played two games late last week and came up short against some high-octane early …

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Early goals spell doom for EJ soccer team

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The first half proved fatal twice last week.

The Port Townsend and Chimacum combined high school girls soccer team played two games late last week and came up short against some high-octane early offense.

First up, Klahowya on Thursday, Feb. 18.

East Jefferson opened the shortened season playing against one of the consistently best teams on the Peninsula.

Facing the Eagles for an opening match is always a tough prospect and despite having a slightly depleted roster due to injury, the EJ girls put in a spirited display despite losing 8-2. 

The halftime score stood at 4-2 with Klahowya on top.

Chimacum freshman Ava Shiflett booted both first-half goals for EJ. 

Seniors Katie Clark and Sorina Johnston played a half each in goal, making vital saves to keep the team in contention. 

Chimacum junior Claire Johnson was at the heart of the midfield and contributed in the build-up to both goals as Port Townsend sophomore Isabel McCracken organized the defense.

Next up was Olympic on Friday.

Despite the energy sapping game the previous evening, East Jefferson started the game with tremendous energy, controlling much of the proceedings with good passing combinations and solid pressing. 

A couple minor lapses and Olympic scored twice for a 2-0 halftime lead.

Might have been closer; Port Townsend junior Savanna Hoffman had her curling shot rebound off the post just before the break. 

Olympic added another two goals in the second half to end the game 4-0.

Port Townsend freshman Iris Mattern was at the heart of the midfield, linking play between defense and attack, while junior Aurin Asbell and Isabel McCracken again put in notable displays in the EJ defense.

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