Braedyn McNeely
PHS senior Braedyn McNeely had two goals and four assists in Saturday’s 8-0 victory over Cascade. (Photo by Mike Hoppe)

The Philomath High School girls soccer team finished a perfect run through the Oregon West Conference’s pandemic-shortened season with an 8-0 rout over Cascade on Saturday.

Playing on Crescent Valley’s field — Philomath’s home away from home this spring season — the Warriors dominated from start to finish with four goals in each half. Philomath finishes 8-1 during the regular season, the lone loss coming in the opener against 5A Crescent Valley. The Warriors were unbeaten against OWC and Class 4A opponents.

The team is expected to play this coming week in a state playoff organized by 4A schools (the Oregon School Activities Association is not hosting postseason events). As of Sunday morning, pairings for a tournament had not been announced.

In the win over the Cougars, seven of the eight goals were scored by seniors — Braedyn McNeely (fifth, 43rd minutes), Alivia Pittman (15th, 30th minutes), Kaili Saathoff (42nd, 43rd minutes) and Mia Rust (35th minute).

Sophomore Elizabeth Morales scored the team’s eighth goal in the 70th minute.

McNeely had four assists in the victory. Rust, senior Lily Schell and sophomore Izabella Nanoski also had assists. One of Pittman’s two goals was unassisted.

Kaili Saathoff
Kaili Saathoff, senior, controls the ball vs. Cascade. (Photo by Mike Hoppe)

Philomath 8, Cascade 0
Saturday at Crescent Valley HS, Corvallis
Cascade (1-7)448
Philomath (8-1)000
First Half: 1, Philomath, Braedyn McNeely (Lily Schell), 5th minute; 2, Philomath, Alivia Pittman (Braedyn McNeely), 15th minute; 3, Philomath, Alivia Pittman, 30th minute; 4, Philomath, Mia Rust (Braedyn McNeely), 35th minute.
Second Half: 5, Philomath, Kaili Saathoff (Braedyn McNeely), 42nd minute; 6, Kaili Saathoff (Braedyn McNeely), 43rd minute; 7, Braedyn McNeely (Izabella Nanoski), 60th minute; 8, Elizabeth Morales (Mia Rust), 70th minute.