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Lady Tigers soccer team shuts out Washington; Matesic scores 4 goals for McClain

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Luca Matesic #13 battles a Washington player for the ball. Matesic led the Lady Tigers with four goals against Washington, Thursday at MHS. (HCP Photos/Jim Jones)
Jim Jones, The Highland County Press

The McClain girls varsity soccer team notched their first Frontier Athletic Conference victory of the season Thursday night with a 7-0 shutout of visiting Washington.

It was also the Lady Tigers’ first home game of the year after playing their first five on the road.

“This was our first home game, and it was our first league win today, too,” said McClain head coach Blain Bergstrom. “Our senior captain Luca Matesic scored four goals, and it was nice to see her get going again.

“We’re really young and starting just two juniors and two seniors with the rest of starters being made up of freshman and sophomores. So, we start seven freshman and sophomores, and our first sub off the bench is a sophomore.”

Matesic got the Lady Tigers off and going with two goals early in the opening half, followed by single goals by freshman Paisley Pryor and another by Izzy Smith, and it was 4-0 at the half. McClain goalkeeper Kenzie Wise also had a fine game defensively at the net, posting the shutout.

In the second half, Matesic added two more scores, and Baylee Hickok found the back of the net from a great assist by Bailey Parson on a side throw-in kick that almost went in, making the final score 7-0 Lady Tigers.

“Bailey Parson had a great assist on that free kick, and our other Baylee (Hickok) scored the goal,” Bergstrom said. “We have seen absolute improvement from when we started the season to now and played very competitively with a really good Chillicothe team when we scored three goals, and I don’t think we’ve ever did that since they’ve been in our league.

“I keep telling our girls we need to compete in every game no matter who we are playing, whether it be Chillicothe who’s at the top or any other team. We just need to make sure we are competing and getting better in every practice and every game.”

The Lady Tigers improves to 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the FAC and will host Hillsboro on Tuesday, Sept. 19.