GOL Teams Chasing The Tigers-4A Boys Soccer Preview

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With no changes to the makeup of the 4A Greater Oregon League boys soccer district, this season will again see three teams looking to knock off the Ontario Tigers, the reigning state champions.

Ontario breezed through league play last year before continuing on to a state title with a victory over Phoenix. Baker, La Grande and Pendleton look to improve this season after all three finished up last year on the opposite side of winning records.

All four GOL teams return with a host of experienced varsity personnel and strong junior varsity squads to supplement graduates now gone. The question will be which of the three will step up and give Ontario a league headache?   

Baker/Powder Valley/Pine Eagle

2022-23 Record: 3-7-4 Overall, 0-3-3 League

League Finish: 4th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 21st

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 9

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 2 sophomores, 3 juniors and 6 seniors

Season Opener: Friday, September. 1 hosting Mazama

Comments: The Bulldogs went without a GOL victory last season. Opening versus Mazama this year should be a good start as Mazama was the lone Oregon school victory by Baker last season. The Bulldogs will have some time to work things out as league season will not start until Sept. 27. Last year’s junior varsity had a large group of incoming sophomores (nine to be exact).

La Grande Tigers

2022-23 Record: 2-11-2 Overall, 2-2-2 League

League Finish: 2nd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 24th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 8

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 5 sophomores, 7 juniors and 4 seniors

Season Opener: Thursday, September 7 hosting McLoughlin

Comments: Plain and simple, the Tigers had a tough year last season. Three forfeits and nine losses to start the season is tough to overcome. La Grande begins this season with a tough 3A MacHi squad at home before heading to Estacada two days later. The Tigers should again have good numbers, needing to convert those numbers to wins.

Ontario Tigers

2022-23 Record: 14-1 Overall, 6-0 League

League Finish: 1st

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 5th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 6

Returnees: Scheduled to return at 5 sophomores, 2 juniors and 7 seniors

Season Opener: Thursday, August 24 at Weiser, Idaho

Comments: Ontario takes to the field as the reigning state champions and a contingent of players that have big games and experience in their past. Add to that a huge junior varsity team from last year coming up to the varsity level and this is a tough team to bet against. The Tigers host a jamboree Aug. 26 which will provide a chance to see some of the new faces on varsity. As typical, Ontario plays a host of tough Idaho teams throughout the year.


2022-23 Record: 1-12-1 Overall, 1-4-1 League

League Finish: 3rd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 26th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 6

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 1 junior and 9 seniors

Season Opener: Friday, August 25 hosting Redmond/Culver

Comments: The Buckaroos will be senior heavy this season but will need plenty of help from last season’s junior varsity team to step up (no freshman was pulled up to varsity last season). Like last season, Pendleton opens the season with Redmond/Culver, a game that did not go well last year. Three home matches start the year so home fans will have the opportunity to see plenty of action early.

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