BOARDMAN - Riverside won a battle Thursday, but La Grande won the war.

The Pirates (0-3 GOL, 0-4) ended La Grande's Greater Oregon League shutout streak in girls soccer, but the Tigers emerged from the league matchup with a 3-1 victory.

Riverside coach Mark Rouska said La Grande played listlessly through the early going, handing the Pirates several scoring opportunities.

"We got kind of lucky in the first 12 minutes and got five of our 10 shots. ... We had an opportunity to put La Grande on their heels," Rouska said.

Jessica Juarez scored Riverside's only goal off of a direct kick at the 12-minute mark.

"So far, we've been the first league team to score on La Grande," Rouska said.

Goalkeeper Mayra Colin - who notched 20 saves - and the Riverside defense held the Tigers scoreless until the 27th minute, when La Grande's Jennifer Hubbard scored to salvage a halftime tie at 1.

"Mayra Colin did an awesome job. She's the one that kept us in the game. She gave us the opportunity and the chance to win," Rouska said.

La Grande's Jessi McCall took over in the second half, though, scoring on a corner kick at the 63-minute mark and on a breakaway in the 79th minute.

Despite the loss, Rouska said he was pleased with his team's performance against the Tigers.

"I think this is a great confidence builder for us to know we can score on La Grande. ... If we stay mentally tough, and do things we know we can do, we can win," he said.


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