RAINIER — Out-sized and out-muscled, the Astoria girls soccer team responded with a strong, speedy performance of their own Thursday at Rainier, scoring a 1-0 nonleague season-opening win over the Columbians.
Astoria’s Sarah Lertora scored unassisted from 35 yards out in the fifth minute of the game, and the lone goal held up, giving the Lady Fishermen their second win over Rainier in two years.
“Rainier has a bunch of big girls, and we’ve got a lot of small girls,” said Astoria coach Tim Fastabend. “But our girls held their own. It was a very physical, very hot game, and all the girls played well.”
Astoria’s Claire Albright sparked a strong defensive effort, while Lexis Law was strong in goal for the Lady Fishermen.
“We had good defensive pressure on their shooters, and most of the saves (Law) made were straight-forward stops,” Fastabend said. “Our seniors are going to be the core of our physical players, but we’ve also got a lot more speed this year. Andrea Harris did a good job at the center-back slot; Hayley Kelley, Taileigh Cole, Libby Whitsett … they all played well.”
In other nonleague action Thursday, North Marion defeated Seaside 5-0. No details were reported.
Astoria hosts St. Helens Wednesday at CMH Field.