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TDW boys and girls kick it into high gear

The Dalles Wahtonka junior Sant Strassheim heads the ball downfield in a game played earlier this season. Tuesday, Strassheim and the Eagle Indians salvaged a 3-3 tie versus Reynolds.

The Dalles Wahtonka junior Sant Strassheim heads the ball downfield in a game played earlier this season. Tuesday, Strassheim and the Eagle Indians salvaged a 3-3 tie versus Reynolds. Photo by Mark Gibson.

Andres Manzo, Christian Garcia and Ernesto Rodriguez each scored goals, but Reynolds ended up scoring the game-tying marker with four minutes left in regulation to salvage a 3-all deadlock Tuesday in non-league boy’s soccer play in The Dalles.

Early in the match, it appeared as if Reynolds would run away with a lopsided win, as they hit the back of the net twice to jump out to a 2-0 advantage.

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The Dalles Wahtonka junior Sant Strassheim heads the ball downfield in a game played earlier this season. Tuesday, Strassheim and the Eagle Indians salvaged a 3-3 tie versus Reynolds.

Once the Tribe settled down, they started making all of the right passes and plays to stage a rally.

Manzo put TDW on the board first late in the opening stanza after receiving a lead pass from Rodriguez.

He fired a bullet past the Reynolds goalkeeper to make it a 2-1 margin.

The score remained 2-1 at halftime, but just one minute into the second half, Garcia netted the equalizer to make it a new game.

Midway through the second stanza, Rodriguez put his name on the scoresheet to give TDW its first lead of the match, 3-2.

With time running out and the Eagle Indians nursing a slim cushion, the Raiders caught a break, as the lineman inadvertently signaled out-of-bounds on a loose ball. Several of the Tribe midfielder and defenders stopped, but play went on and Reynolds took advantage to score the eventual tying goal.

Although the match ended up in a tie, TDW head coach Luis Gamez said that he liked the fight and hustle his team played with.

“(I am) proud of how the boys played in the second half against a good team,” Gamez said.

TDW (1-2-2 overall) heads out to Hillsboro for a match against Century High School at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tribe girls beat Madison, 2-1

The Dalles Wahtonka notched two goals in the first 35 minutes and used a late defensive play in the second half by defender Bailey Cordell to preserve a 2-1 victory over Madison High School Tuesday in girl’s soccer action in Portland.

Late in the match, Madison, which had scored at the 55-minute mark to creep to within a 2-1 deficit, had things working in its favor offensively.

One of the Senators’ speedy forwards made a run, but Cordell rushed towards the player with a game-saving slide tackle to knock the ball away and stunt the chance.

Over the final few minutes, Madison could not solve TDW goalkeeper Ruthie Ford, who finished with two saves, to score the tying goal.

It was a narrow escape for Tribe, who rattled off 25 shots, with 15 going off target.

TDW head coach Colby Tonn said 80-85 percent of play was on Madison’s end of the field.

“We dominated play and let Madison hang around too long,” said Tonn. “We got to start putting teams away.”

In the waning moments of the first half, freshman Brooke McCall retrieved a ball and made a run towards the Madison goal.

She skipped a pass to an open Hannah Walasavage at the side of the net and the all-league sophomore tapped in a close shot for the goal and a 1-0 Tribe lead.

Four minutes later, the Eagle Indians applied a little more pressure on the Senator defense that led to a handball call inside the penalty area.

The officials called a penalty kick, and Tonn sent out Walasavage for the try.

She fired a bullet past the Madison goalkeeper to put her squad ahead by a 2-0 margin.

The two tallies were nice, but once again, TDW peppered the opposition with 25 shots on goal.

Tonn will emphasize finishing plays in the next couple of practice sessions. He said he wants it cleaned up before Columbia River Conference play begins on Oct. 1 at home versus Hermiston.

“This has been going on for the past two or three weeks where we are getting those chances and not putting them away,” Tonn said. “It can be frustrating, but on the other side of it, we are creating chances to score. Now we have to start putting those away.”

Those scoring opportunities came from the speed and skill of Hannah Harris, Brooke McCall, Sierra Watson and Hannah Walasavage, who Tonn said were making good runs in space, picking up loose balls or making the passes through the middle.

After consecutive 3-0 losses to Centennial and St. Helens, Tonn highlighted the defensive play of Grace Helyer, Marta Gamez and goalkeeper Ruthie Ford for their efforts on the back line.

The coach feels this win could be a momentum surge for his young team that did not win their second game last season until Sept. 27, 2012 (the team’s seventh match).

“We have to keep on working together as a team,” Tonn concluded. “We need to focus and keep putting in the time at practice to get better and the shots will start falling.”

For the junior varsity squad, Jennifer Bonham, Giselle Manzo and Ally Gibbons each tallied goals in a 3-1 win over Madison.

TDW (2-2-0 overall) hosts 6A Century High School at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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