Alivia Pittman
PHS senior Alivia Pittman, seen here last weekend vs. Stayton, scored three goals in the team’s 9-1 victory at Cascade on Tuesday. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath High School girls soccer team only got in 49 minutes of action Tuesday night at Cascade. That’s because of a new mercy rule that ends games after a team goes up by eight goals at halftime or during the second half.

In other words, the Warriors rolled to a 9-1 victory to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Senior Alivia Pittman had a big day with three goals and an assist. Senior Braedyn McNeely and senior Kaili Saathoff also had multiple goals with two each. Freshman Bailey Bell had two assists and junior K Bacho had a goal.

“We scored a variety of ways and had a lot of success attacking, but were disappointed to allow a goal on a lapse in organization,” PHS coach Mat Phelps said.

In all, eight players were involved with the team’s nine goals.

Philomath built a 7-1 lead in the first half. McNeely found the net in the seventh minute with an assist to senior Chloe Jurva and the Warriors were off and running.

Bacho’s goal came in the ninth minute and Saathoff followed in the 16th. Bell had assists on both of those shots. PHS went up 4-0 on McNeely’s second goal in the 20th with an assist to Pittman.

Cascade disrupted the Philomath scoring run and got on the scoreboard but the Warriors responded with goals by Pittman in the 23rd and 31st minutes, and on a Cascade own goal in the 28th minute.

In the second half, Pittman got the hat trick with a goal in the 47th minute. Senior Atira Fairbanks was credited with the assist. Then the game ended on the mercy rule with Saathoff’s second goal of the game in the 49th minute. Junior Reese Grube had the assist on that one.

Philomath had 24 shots on goal compared to two for the Cougars, which falls to 0-4.

The Warriors will next play on Friday with a matchup against Sweet Home on the turf field at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis. The Huskies will enter the contest with a 2-1-1 record, losing for the first time Tuesday with a 5-0 setback at Stayton.

Philomath 9, Cascade 1
Tuesday, March 16 at Cascade HS, Turner
Philomath (3-1)729
Cascade (0-4)101
First Half: 1, Philomath, Braedyn McNeely (Chloe Jurva), 7th minute; 2, K Bacho (Bailey Bell), 9th minute; 3, Kaili Saathoff (Bailey Bell), 16th minute; 4, Braedyn McNeely (Alivia Pittman), 20th minute; 5, Cascade, Emma Hilfiker; 6, Philomath, Alivia Pittman, 23rd minute; 7, Philomath (Cascade own goal), 28th minute; 8, Philomath, Alivia Pittman, 31st minute.
Second Half: 9, Alivia Pittman (Atira Fairbanks), 47th minute; 10, Philomath, Kaili Saathoff (Reese Grube), 49th minute.
Note: Game stopped in the 49th minute on eight-goal mercy rule.

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