The Philomath High School girls soccer team posted a shutout victory over Sweet Home for the second time this season with Tuesday night’s 4-0 final.
The Warriors remain in contention for the Oregon West Conference title at 6-0-2 with Woodburn sitting on top at 6-0-1.
“I feel good with where we’re at right now over the last couple of weeks,” PHS coach Mat Phelps said. “We’ve worked hard and added some new dimensions to our game but at the same time, we’re not where we fully want to be yet. There’s still room to grow.”
Senior co-captain Halle Hewitt returned to the lineup and scored her team’s first goal in the game’s fifth minute. Hewitt found the net with an assist going to junior Alivia Pittman.
The Warriors added two more goals in the first half. Junior Braedyn McNeely scored in the 16th minute and Pittman finished in the 22nd minute — both of those goals unassisted.
Senior co-captain Madison Rogers scored the only goal in the second half, which came unassisted in the 79th minute.
Phelps said the team continues to work on doing “things the right way” out on the field.
“We want to make sure we’re sticking to our game plan and not just doing things easy or anything like that,” he said. “Stick to the game plan and spread the ball out.”
Phelps said Pittman, sophomore Reese Grube in the middle and junior Mia Rust in the back were standouts in the game.
Philomath posted its sixth shutout of the season with the victory — not bad considering the Warriors have a freshman in the net. Hailie Couture won the job out of preseason camp.
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“That was kind of a question mark coming in ... replacing your goalkeeper is never easy,” Phelps said. “Hailie has done a good job.”
Philomath (6-2-2 overall) takes the rest of the week off from competition and will host Cascade on Oct. 15 at 4:15 p.m.
Philomath 4, Sweet Home 0
Tuesday at Sweet Home
PHILOMATH (6-2-2, 6-0-2) 3 1 — 4
SWEET HOME (2-6-2, 2-5-1) 0 0 — 0
First half — 1, Philomath, Halle Hewitt (Alivia Pittman), 5th minute; 2, Philomath, Braedyn McNeely, 16th minute; 3, Philomath, Alivia Pittman, 22nd minute.
Second half — 4, Philomath, Madison Rogers, 79th minute.