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Prep soccer roundup: VanSteenberge and the Pioneers 5-0 with 40 goals scored

Sydney VanSteenberge and the Western Mennonite/Perrydale girls soccer team has started the season on a tear by outscoring their first five opponents 40-1.

September 24, 2013

WEST SALEM - Sydney VanSteenberge and the Western Mennonite/Perrydale girls soccer team has started the season on a tear by outscoring their first five opponents 40-1.

The squad added two more lopsided victories to its record, defeating Gervais 9-0 on Thursday and Santiam Christian 11-0 on Monday.

VanSteenberge had two goals and an assist versus Gervais, Cheyenne Locke chipped in one assist and Julie Larson added a goal.

Monday night against Santiam Christian, Locke tallied another goal, VanSteenberge had two goals to add to her team leading 13 so far this season, and defender Emily Nelson scored her first goal of the season.

"One of our big strengths this season has been our depth," coach Mike Woodard said. "I don't think there are too many teams out there that could have eight different goal scorers like we did against Santiam Christian."

Not only have the Pioneers/Pirates been led by VanSteenberge, "who is so competitive she won't quit when it is 11-0," said Woodard, but Perrydale players Kelsey Ford and Nelson have been strong players in the defensive backfield, only giving up a single goal this season.

The squad will face its toughest test yet when its plays at Creswell on Thursday in a matchup of 5-0 teams.

GIRLS SOCCER

DALLAS GIRLS BEAT ROOSEVELT: After a 9-0 loss at Hillsboro on Sept. 17, Dallas came back home to beat Roosevelt 3-1 on Thursday. The victory moved Dallas to 3-2 in nonleague matches this season. Freshman Kayley Sayer, junior Bella Nelson and senior Britten Essex tallied the goals for the Dragons. Dallas, which played at Forest Grove Tuesday night, will face its final nonleague opponent Thursday at Glencoe.

CENTRAL GIRLS DRAW: The Central girls went to Yamhill-Carlton on Thursday and played to a 1-1 draw in a nonleague match. The Panthers had a total of 15 shots on goal but only one found the back of the net as forward Alexis Orozco scored for Central. The tie puts Central at 1-1-1 in nonleague matches this season. The Panthers, who opened Oregon West Conference play at Philomath Tuesday after press time, travel to Cascade on Thursday.

BOYS SOCCER

DALLAS BOYS LOSE TWO: It was a hard fought and physical contest Sept. 17 when Dallas lost to Class 6A Gresham 4-1. Multiple yellow cards were issued to the Gresham side during the contest. Lucas Diaz scored the only goal for Dallas on an assist from Tariq Miller. On Thursday the Dragons traveled to Roosevelt and were defeated 5-0. Dallas (0-5) hosted Benson on Tuesday and play at Milwaukie on Thursday afternoon.