New LG Coach And Senior Heavy Squads-Our GOL Girls Soccer Preview

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Familiar faces will abound as the Greater Oregon League girls soccer starts the year. An expected 23 seniors will fill the fields with both Ontario and Pendleton expected to bring back a large contingent of experience. La Grande returns with a new face coaching and the Bulldogs are hoping the season goes without crutches and visits to the doctor.

Here is what is coming in the GOL girls soccer season.

Baker/Powder Valley

2022-23 Record: 5-9-1 Overall, 0-6 League

League Finish: 4th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 23rd

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 11

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 3 sophomores, 7 juniors and 2 seniors

Season Opener: The Bulldogs will take part in a jamboree in Ontario on Saturday, Aug. 26 before opening the season at home hosting the Grizzlies of Fruitland, Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Comments: Baker was a team plagued with injuries last season. A heavy loss of graduates translates to a number of younger players forced to step up this season with a junior heavy class. The Bulldogs will have over three weeks to work out some kinks before opening league season on Sept. 21 with a home match versus La Grande. A healthy Bulldog team should see better results this year.

La Grande Tigers

2022-23 Record: 11-3-1 Overall, 5-1 League

League Finish: 1st

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 7th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 8

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores, 5 juniors and 3 seniors

Season Opener: Friday, Sept. 8 at Estacada High School versus Seaside

Comments: The Tigers are back this year as the reigning GOL champions. Last season saw La Grande split with Pendleton and down both Ontario and Baker/Powder Valley in league play before advancing to a state playoff win over The Dalles. In a heartbreaker, the Tigers fell to Hidden Valley by a goal in the quarterfinals. La Grande will take the field this year under new coach Chris Gianandrea.

Ontario Tigers

2022-23 Record: 7-6 Overall, 4-2 League

League Finish: 2nd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 11th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 2

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 3 sophomores, 4 juniors and 9 seniors

Season Opener: Ontario gets a jump on the season hosting Weiser, Id. on Thursday, August 24. On Saturday, Aug. 26, the Tigers host a jamboree for teams including Baker/Powder Valley, a league foe.

Comments: Ontario will be back on the field with a ton of experience as the Tigers saw only two players graduate from last year’s second-place GOL squad. Winning a play-in game versus Estacada in the state playoffs, the Tigers were hammered in the first round of playoffs to Newport after a long road trip. Expectations are high this year in Ontario for a return to the state playoffs with a team with plenty of years playing together.


2022-23 Record: 6-8-2 Overall, 3-3 League

League Finish: 3rd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 13th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 5

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 1 sophomore, 3 juniors and 9 seniors

Season Opener: Friday, August 25 at Redmond/Culver

Comments: The Buckaroos are the second team bringing back a large amount of experience. The GOL sent three teams to the state playoffs last season and Pendleton/Weston-McEwen found success in the play-in with a victory over Astoria before falling to North Marion in the first round of the playoffs. The Buckaroos open the year with three road matches before the home fans will see the team on Sept. 5 with Riverside coming to town. We will see where the Bucs are early in league play as Ontario is in town Sept. 19.

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