Jr. high girls Soccer wins 2-1

The junior high-aged girls soccer team started slow against the stiff competition in Eugene’s Valley League. The team included three sixth-graders, six seventh-graders and six eighth-graders, two of whom had never played soccer before.

“We were a very young and very inexperienced team,” Coach Lela Danforth said.

But, she said, about halfway through the season “something clicked” and the girls bought into Danforth’s urging to “believe in yourself, communicate, be aggressive on the ball, trust your teammates and you will win,” she said, and they started winning, finishing 6-6 and winning the league end-of-season tournament.

In the second round, against number-one seed Sheldon, which had beaten Sweet Home 5-0 earlier in the year, the girls kept the ball on Sheldon’s end of the field for 80 percent of the game and had more than 40 shots on goal, scoring on two for a 2-1 win in what Danforth said was their best-played game of the year. Then Sweet Home beat Elmira in the championship game 2-1 win to win the title.