By Curtis Marlin
The Portland High School soccer team participated in the Lady Championship Tournament held last week.
On Sept. 13, the Purple defeated Harpeth 2-0.
“We played the game on a wet field,” Coach Ryan Goostree explained. “We had to adjust our attack a little because our strikers were outrunning their defenders. I was happy with the game and how we played. This win was the most any of these girls have had in high school. We had to maneuver players around because of injuries.”
A 3-0 loss to Sycamore followed on Thursday. The two teams had met in preseason with the Eagles winning 7-0.
“We had improvement in the match but struggled to score,” Goostree remarked. “Our starting right back was out because of injuries, so we had to play a freshman back there who had never played the position before. She held her own against a good Sycamore team. Stepping to the ball hurt us that night. We waited and watched too much.”
Portland closed out the tournament by tying McGavock 2-2. Chasey piper scored both goals for the Purple.
“This was our 10th game in 16, days and we played tired,” Goostree said. “We had to play a midfielder back on defense to replace the injured starter and she did well. We struggled to step, but kept fighting to the end. We were tied at halftime and they scored halfway through the second half. We returned the favor with 44 seconds left to play. We went down swinging and was able to put in the equalizer. I’m proud of how the girls played in this tournament. We fought and made no excuses. Hopefully, we can rebound this week.”
Portland will host Hillwood Thursday night.