Kaili Saathoff
Kaili Saathoff, seen here earlier this season, broke the ice in Tuesday night’s game with a goal in the 52nd minute. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls soccer team upped its record to 7-1 on the season with a 2-0 victory Tuesday evening at Stayton. The Warriors have won seven straight and remain unbeaten against Class 4A opponents.

Oregon West Conference girls soccer rivals Philomath and Stayton typically play close, low-scoring games and in fact, the last time either side won by more than two goals occurred back in 2016. Earlier this season, Philomath came away with a 2-1 win.

This latest meeting remained scoreless well into the second half. Despite the score, PHS coach Mat Phelps said the Warriors had several scoring opportunities and possessed the ball well throughout the game.

Finally in the 52nd minute, senior Braedyn McNeely crossed to senior Kaili Saathoff, who scored from 12 yards out. Eleven minutes later in the 63rd, senior Alivia Pittman dribbled through the defense and put the ball in the corner from close range.

Philomath’s defense continues to play well with its fourth straight shutout. Ever since allowing three goals in the opener against 5A defending champion Crescent Valley, the Warriors have allowed only two goals in seven games.

Stayton drops to 3-3 overall.

Philomath will end the regular season on Saturday with a home game against Cascade. The Warriors are playing their home games at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis. It is scheduled to begin at noon.

Next week, the Warriors should be playing in a Class 4A state tournament that has been organized.

Philomath 2, Stayton 0
Tuesday, March 30, at Stayton HS
Philomath (7-1)022
Stayton (3-3)000
Second Half: 1, Philomath, Kaili Saathoff (Braedyn McNeely), 52nd minute; 2, Philomath, Alivia Pittman, 63rd minute.

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