The East Linn Eagles defeated the Central Linn Cobras 5-0 in East Linn's league opener at home against Central Linn on Sept. 7. 

The Eagles kept possesion on the opponent's half nearly the entire game, and took a whopping 49 shots with more than 90 percent of them coming from the right side of the field. 

The Warriors cruised to a 3-0 lead in the first half, and switched up the positions a little and added two more score in the second for the 5-0 blowout. The Cobras got only a few shots and all were off goal or blocked by Lebanon's keeper. 

Lebanon's midfielder's defense stayed on point keeping most of the balls miles away from their keeper. In the first half, nearly every time the ball crossed into the Eagles side, Eagles Captain and midfielder, Maddie Christenson, gained possesion and passed the ball back upfield to her attackers. 

Christenson moved to striker for the second half and got two shots, but she couldn't manage a score.

"I was really trying to get one in," she said.  

Matt Reardon scored two of the five goals for the Warriors off of 11 shots. Reardon had a few attempts at earning a hat trick, but he was pulled late to get bench players some time on the field late in the game. 

Everyone of the Eagles team who played on offense took at least one shot at the goal. 

Also each scoring one goal each were Eagles' Jonnie Walusiak, Lincoln Swanson, and Jake Vandehey. 

Head coach Isaiah Blake said the game was a near perfect performance from his players. 

"It's just about as perfect as it can get," Blake said. "It was a great performance: They played extremely well. We had some plays that we were working on, and everybody possessed really well, and did what I asked." 

Team Captain Christenson  was more critical of the Eagles performance than her coach. 

"I don't ever think of our performance as perfect," she said. "We can always work on something. We could have had more shots, and better quality shots." 

Contact Lebanon Express Sports Editor Matt DeBow at 541-790-1404. 


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