The Warriors were shutout on the road against former rival and 6A powerhouse West Albany on Sept. 12.

The Bulldogs have yet to allow a goal in four matches, a streak that continued against Lebanon with 1-0 nonconference victory at Memorial Stadium.

The Warriors (2-2), who open Mid-Willamette Conference play Oct. 3 at Dallas, host Lakeridge next on Sept. 19.

Lebanon coach Ryan Christner describes his team as “a very cohesive group.”

“They love playing together and our communication has gotten better each game,” he said. “As a team playing together from front to back, this is probably some of the better stuff we’ve put together in the time I’ve been here.”

After slumping to a one-win season in 2015, the Warriors placed fourth in the MWC last fall and reached the 5A state play-in round.

Christner said the team isn’t gunning for a specific league or playoff result. Instead, the Warriors are focusing on day-to-day improvement.

“These girls want to get better each game, and the results are going to speak for themselves,” he said. “Where we finish is going to be the work we put in to get there. That’s their mentality. It’s a really great group to coach. They are hungry.”

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