NEWPORT — It was a “homecoming” of sorts Saturday for Astoria girls soccer player Meghan O’Meara.
The sophomore transfer from Newport was playing on her former field, as the Fishermen faced Marshfield in a nonleague game played at Newport.
O’Meara scored just three minutes into the game, then tacked on another goal in the 29th minute, helping Astoria to an easy 6-0 win.
The Lady Fishermen broke it open in the second half. On the opening kick, Astoria’s Hayley Kelly sent a long pass to Nara Van De Grift sprinting down the right side, and Van De Grift took a couple dribbles and fired a shot for the third goal.
Kelly scored on an assist from O’Meara in the 53rd minute for a 4-0 lead, and Abby Albright scored the fifth goal by following up a long shot from Taileigh Cole that defected off the cross bar.
Senior Claire Tetlow tacked on the sixth goal. Astoria hosts Corbett at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pirates 1, Fishermen 0
NEWPORT — Marshfield was able to make it a doubleheader split, as the Pirates defeated Astoria 1-0 in the boys’ game, sending the Fishermen down to their first loss of the season.
“Marshfield showed us where we have some holes to patch,” said Astoria coach Lee Cain, who is still missing three starters from his lineup. “We will work on these at practice and test the fixes when we play Cottage Grove (Saturday, 2 p.m. at Volunteer Field).
Coming off a short rest from their win last Thursday, the Fishermen had only 13 players available compared to Marshfield’s roster of 18.
The first half was very defensive focused by both teams, with Marshfield dominating play for the first 20 minutes, and then Astoria gaining momentum the final 20 minutes of the half.
Both keepers were effective with Astoria sophomore Tony Tumbarello recording two saves and Marshfield senior Jose Ramirez three saves.
Astoria combined for six shots to Marshfield’s four. Astoria’s best opportunities came from Jonathan Jimenez, the first on a free kick in the 29th minute that ended with a Ramirez save. The second was a Jimenez cross into the box to junior Riley Cameron who had a header just wide.
Marshfield scored the match’s lone goal two minutes into the second half, when junior Miguel Flores found space on the right side and crossed a pass into the box that was driven home by freshman David Flores.
From that point Marshfield controlled the match dominating possession, out shooting Astoria 7-1.