PENDLETON - Despite winning just one game last year, the Pendleton Buckaroos girls soccer team tasted victory in their first home game of this season Saturday.
Spreading the offense around, Pendletonbuilt a 3-0 halftime lead and added another goal in the second half Saturday for a 4-2 nonleague victory over the Riverside Pirates.
"This was an A plus effort from the girls," said Pendleton head coach Matt Yoshioka. "I think our speed caused them some problems, but Riverside played aggressive and it was a well-played game."
Kaydie Cresswell started the Bucks first goal with a pass to Jackie Herman, who's kick went off the side bar, deflected off the Riverside goal keeper and into the net.
"Everyone contributed and we used a balanced attack," Yoshioka said.
Whitney Adams added a goal in the 23rd minute that was assisted by Melissa Newhouse. Adams missed a goal shortly after and Yoshioka said Adams played an outstanding game.
Just before the break, Yassie Aflatooni gave the Bucks a 3-0 lead and all the momentum in the game.
"We tried to establish the tempo of the game and I thought for the most part we did that," Yoshioka said.
Jessica Juarez ended the Bucks shutout chances with two goals in the final 10 minutes.
"I was pretty impressed with the way they hustled," said Riverside head coach Paul Keefer. "Jessica played well and so did Susan Southworth."
Cresswell placed several corner kicks in position to be scored in the first half and her efforts paid off as her corner kick early in the second half went in for a Pendleton 4-0 lead.
"What a kick by Kaydie. She found the net and it was a great goal," Yoshioka said. "It was nice to see several girls score and start the season with a victory."
Pendleton (1-0) pays visit to Mac-Hi at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, while Riverside (0-1) meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at Madras.