Once he had time to soak everything all in, The Dalles girl’s soccer coach Colby Tonn had feelings of optimism after his team hit the field against 6A foes at the Century Jamboree Thursday in Portland.
“I am proud of the girls,” Tonn said. “They showed they can compete against anyone. We did a lot of good things today.”
In three 20-minute halves versus Dallas, Century and Centennial, the Riverhawks went 1-2, but the defense allowed four goals.
TD started tournament play against the Dragons and lost 2-1, as Jennifer Bonham scored a goal on an assist from Monique Mendiola.
Giselle Manzo made two saves to keep her team close, adding a penalty kick save midway through the match.
“We came out a little sluggish, which is expected for a first match, but they settled down and started playing better as the day went on,” Tonn said.
In the second match, Hannah Walasavage scored the eventual game-winning goal after knocking in a rebound attempt off a shot by Mendiola in The Dalles’ 1-0 win over the 6A Jaguars.
Yesenia Aguilar made two saves for the shutout win, so Tonn credited the play of his rebuilt defense that kept the Century chances at a minimum.
“It felt good to get that goal and take it to Century,” the coach said. “We used our speed and quick passing to put a good amount of pressure on them. This was probably one of the best games I have seen this team play.”
The Dalles capped its day losing 2-0 to Centennial, a school Tonn feels will be up at the top of the 6A classification down the line.
Bonham made five saves overall to keep the contest close, adding a punch save off the crossbar and a few other tight chances.
In this matchup, Tonn said he switched players to different roles to get a varied look at what can work out if certain situations arose.
“There were some positives here,” Tonn added. “I liked the energy we played with. Our defense played great and we had several girls who stepped up. Their play here makes me feel good about this team and our chances at doing well in the rest of our games.”
The Dalles next travels to Milton-Freewater for a match at 4 p.m. Tuesday against the Pioneers.