KLAMATH FALLS — Meghan Michels was an offensive machine for St. Mary’s in a girls nonconference soccer match Thursday.
The All-State senior forward tallied two goals and had two assists and the Crusaders defeated Henley 5-4.
The game began outside but was moved inside in the second half because of smoke at the Steens Sports Park.
“The best thing was we got to play a game,” said St.Mary’s coach Dave Potter, whose squad has been off since Sept. 29. “We got better as the game went on. In the second half, we were controlling the ball, clicking with our passing and we had much better scoring opportunities.”
Michels tallied in the second minute off an assist from Maddie Wheelock to give the Crusaders the initial goal.
“Wheelock worked her way through the center of the field, dribbled pass a couple of defenders and made a diagonal pass to Michels, who beat their goalie one-one-one,” explained Potter. “(Michels) is lightening in a bottle. She’s good with the ball and can tie you up in knots.”
Henely answered with a goal from Sydnee Howard and a St. Mary’s own goal off a Henley corner kick to go ahead 2-1 midway through the first half.
St. Mary’s (2-1) tied the score 2-all in the 35th minute when Gabi Castillo capitalized on a rebound off a Henley defender.
Michels assisted on goals in the 44th and 46th minute as St. Mary’s took a 4-2 advantage.
Wheelock scored first on Michels pass up the middle, then Sophia Dobry one-touched a Michels’ cross for a goal inside the far post.
Michels completed the St. Mary’s scoring unassisted on a determined effort through the Hornet defense in the 68th minute.
Both Henley (1-1) second-half goals came on long direct kicks from Sydney Hedlund.
Emma Bennion, who switched from cross country to soccer in her senior year, played an important role in the game according to Potter.
“(Bennion) has immediately made her presence felt on the team,” said Potter. “She played all 80 minutes at a speed that was ridiculously fast. She had an impact whether it was offense or defense.”
The Crusader trio of Grace Weber, Estella Olson and Meg Wright were solid on the defensive end.
“This gives us a lot of indicators on what we have to work on,” said Potter. “The girls had to play really hard to pull out a win. Henley is a quality side.”
SOUTH ALBANY 5, EAGLE POINT 3: At Albany, South Albany struck twice in the first 12 minutes and held on for a nonconference win at South Albany High School.
Alex Rodriguez scored two second-half goals for the Eagles (2-1), Martin Hernandez had two assists and Jaydyn Budrow scored Eagle Point’s first goal in the 15th minute.
South Albany improved to 3-0.