TONASKET – Not much went Tonasket’s way in a Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5-0 loss to defending Caribou Trail League champion Cashmere.
While the Bulldogs haven’t been clicking on all cylinders to the level they did last season, they were more than up to the task against a shorthanded Tonasket squad.
Midfielder Megan Beyers was out after suffering a practice injury, defender Elizabeth Jackson went down with a neck injury and was taken from the field by ambulance midway through the first half, and forward Kelly Cruz played with a sore groin in the second half.
Still, the Tigers were in the game through the first 40-plus minutes.
The Tigers nearly took an early lead off Alicia Edwards’ corner kick that forced an outstanding leaping save by the Cashmere goalkeeper.
Cashmere scored its opening goal shortly after Jackson’s injury. It looked as though the Tigers would get to halftime trailing just 1-0, but the Bulldogs scored in the final seconds of the half. A windblown corner kick curved into the hands of goalkeeper Baylie Tyus, but as she was bumped as she was making the save and the ball trickled into the goal.
That changed the entire tenor of the game, and Cashmere tacked on three quick goals early in the second half to put it out of reach.