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Klahowya suffers first league loss
When the Klahowya Secondary School girls soccer team beat Foster Tuesday, it was the Eagles' fifth consecutive Nisqually League game without allowing a goal.And it was a good thing. Despite raining shots on the Bulldogs' goal, the Eags were able to convert just once - on Hilary Crisman's right-footed knuckleball in the 57th minute - en route to a 1-0 victory.It just got scarier as the game went on, said Klahowya coach Troy Oelschlager, whose team hasn't allowed a goal since Sept. 1, when it was blanked 6-0 by Class 4A Olympic in its season opener, a nonleague game. The longer we went (without scoring), the more afraid I was that Foster was gaining confidence. It was the same scenario as the (Sept. 6) Port Townsend game. We got a lot of shots, we just couldn't finish.There was no question of dominance. The Eagles controlled things almost totally, save for a couple of brief counterattacks. But Oelschlager knew that the Bulldogs only needed one of those counterattacks to bear fruit.It could've really turned things around, he said. We were dominating, but if they could've snuck one in, who knows?Fortunately, there was little chance for Foster to make any offensive noise. Whenever they did gain possession, there was always an Eagle or three nearby to charge in and take it away.Klahowya kept the ball in its attacking end almost without exception, piling up a baker's dozen corner kicks and launching 27 shots to just two for the Bulldogs. In earning her fifth shutout, sophomore Alicia Langdon had to make just one save, and that was just before the halftime whistle.But try as they might, the Eagles couldn't take a lead. None of their 17 first-half shots, or the first four they took after the break, found the netting.Then, just as it was beginning to seem like no one ever would score, Crisman struck. Britini Hintz' ball into the penalty area ricocheted off a Foster defender to the senior striker at the top of the box. She dribbled left-to-right, beating another defender along the way, and fired a curving shot into the top right corner of the goal.Finally, nearly three quarters of the way through the game, Oelschlager could breathe a sigh of relief.The Eagles had several more good chances, the best of which was Hintz's sizzling shot from the middle of the area that Foster goalie Jennifer Lindgren tipped up and off the crossbar.Meanwhile, Klahowya's defense, anchored by sweeper Chelsea Young, threw a blanket over Foster's high-scoring forward, Heidi Maltsberger, and kept the Bulldogs from stringing even a pass or two together before yielding possession.Eatonville 4, Klahowya 3: The Eagles rode the bus all the way to Eatonville Thursday afternoon to see their Nisqually winning streak come to an end in a battle of division leaders. Carah Carlman scored two goals for the Cruisers as they took a 4-1 lead. Klahowya clawed back with a goal by Jessica Hicks just before halftime and cut the deficit to one on Britini Hintz's goal early in the second half, but couldn't manage the equalizer. Hilary Crisman scored her 10th goal of the season in the first half, then assisted on Hintz's tally.The Eagles return home Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a 5:15 p.m. start against Vashon at Silverdale Stadium.