The Philomath High School girls soccer team posted an 8-0 road victory on Wednesday at Cottage Grove in a game that was stopped in the 73rd minute on the mercy rule.
The victory evened Philomath’s record at 1-1 on the season. The Warriors lost their season opener last week to Marist Catholic, which vaulted to No. 1 this week in the OSAAtoday girls soccer coaches’ poll.
“Solid effort as a team, really moved the ball well and created a lot of chances,” PHS coach Mat Phelps said. “Defense was solid and really limited … no real threats.”
Senior Mia Cook and junior Bailey Bell each scored two goals in the victory for Philomath. Cook had back-to-back goals when she found the net in the 35th and 39th minutes — the first with an assist going to sophomore Petra Hernandez and the second unassisted.
Bell scored goals in the 31st for a 2-0 lead and in the 47th minute for the team’s first goal of the second half. Cook assisted on her first goal and the second was unassisted.
Sophomore Isabel Morales gave Philomath a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute with an assist to Cook. After a 26-minute lull, Bell found the net and then Cook hit her two goals for a 4-0 halftime lead.
In the second half after Bell’s second goal, senior Elizabeth Morales scored with an assist to freshman Ana Candanoza in the 57th minute. Philomath went up 7-0 in the 71st minute on an unassisted goal by Hernandez and then the game ended two minutes later with sophomore Sophia Bauer scoring with an assist to Hernandez.
On the final stat sheet, Cook had two goals and two assists. Philomath had a 22-3 shot advantage. Keeper Hailie Couture had two saves.
Philomath’s next game is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Estacada with a start time of 6 p.m.