Special District 5 Girls Soccer Grows With Grant Union Joining

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The girls’ soccer season is just weeks away and here are the teams you will see in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 5.

The Special District 5 sees growth this year as the Grant Union Prospectors join the field, expanding the district to a total of eight teams. The Prospectors take to the soccer field under the guidance of coach Heather Bailey.

Last season saw 3A McLoughlin play to a 10-1-1 league record to top the standings. 1A Four Rivers grabbed second in the league after playing to an 8-2-2 record. Both teams fell in round two of the of the 3A/2A/1A state tournament as the Pioneers lost to Amity while the Falcons ended the season with a loss to Catlin Gabel.


2022-23 Record: 5-8-1 Overall, 5-6-1 League

League Finish: 5th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 27th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 2

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 8 sophomores, 1 junior and 5 seniors

Season Opener: Tuesday, August 29 at Trout Lake

Comments: The Cougars showed bursts of good play last season, playing to a tie versus league champion McLoughlin in a match. Echo/Stanfield opens the season on the field versus Trout Lake, the same squad the Cougars opened with last season and started the year with a victory. If everyone returns, experience should help the Cougars this season.

Four Rivers

2022-23 Record: 10-3-3 Overall, 8-2-2 League

League Finish: 2nd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 16th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 3

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores, 6 juniors and 4 seniors

Season Opener: Tuesday, September 5 hosting Grant Union

Comments: The 1A Falcons were the shock of the league last year, finishing behind only the 3A Pioneers in the league standings and making a run into the state tournament with a 2-1 win over Blanchet Catholic at home to start the state run. The Falcons will have an early look at the newest team in the league, Grant Union, as Four Rivers host the Prospectors on Sept. 5.  

Grant Union

Grant Union is the newcomer to girls’ soccer in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 5 league.


2022-23 Record: 0-14 Overall, 0-12 League

League Finish: 7th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 40th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 3

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

Season Opener: Friday, September 1 hosting Trout Lake

Comments: Injuries played havoc with the Knights last season with many of the matches played with no substitutes available. Irrigon returns a large group of experience and remaining healthy should see the Knights with a better record this season.


2022-23 Record: 12-3-2 Overall, 10-1-1 League

League Finish: 1st

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 13th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 7

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

Season Opener: Tuesday, Aug.29 hosting Pendleton

Comments: The Pioneers were the team to beat last season, winning the league and a first-round playoff game in the state tournament before seeing the season end with a loss to Amity in the second round. MacHi was heavy with experience last season and see seven seniors depart to graduation. Like last year, the Pioneers open with a non-league game versus 4A Pendleton, a game that ended in a tie to start last season. From there, McLoughlin jumps into league season quickly with a trip to Nyssa.


2022-23 Record: 6-6-2 Overall, 5-5-2 League

League Finish: 4th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 26th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 6

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

Season Opener: Saturday, Aug. 26 at the Ontario Jamboree

Comments: The Lady Bulldogs ended last season with two ties and two losses, dropping the team out of contention for a state playoff berth. The team this season looks to be senior heavy with fans having a good look at Nyssa as the Dawgs play a host of teams to start the season at the Ontario jamboree.


2022-23 Record: 8-6-2 Overall, 8-3-1 League

League Finish: 3rd

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 19th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 7

Returnees: Scheduled to return are 4 sophomores, 6 juniors and 3 seniors

Season Opener: Friday, Sept. 1 at Grant Union

Comments: The Pirates are an additional team heavy on seniors last season. Riverside continues to see a huge turnout for girls soccer and this season may need a good shot in the arm by underclassmen to fill slots. The Pirates were one spot away from a state playoff game and open this season with a league road trip to Grant Union, the newcomer on the block.


2022-23 Record: 2-11-1 Overall, 2-9-1 League

League Finish: 6th

2022-23 Final State Ranking: 36th

Seniors Lost To Graduation: 4

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

Season Opener: Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Irrigon

Comments: The Vikings need to get off to a better start this season. Last year saw Umatilla drop their first six matches before finally picking up a win on Sept. 29. Seniors graduating was minimal for the Vikings with the squad bringing back the majority of the squad. The Vikings open the season versus Irrigon, a team Umatilla downed last season.

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