Local Sports Journal

Oakridge used a balanced attack in its 2-0 district semifinal win over Shelby on Thursday. The Eagles offense tallied goals in each half and defensively held the Tigers to just one shot.

Aliza Olsen struck first for Oakridge on an assist from Jade Ware.

“It was a great combination to get Aliza into a scoring opportunity,” said Oakridge coach Jeff Lohman. “Aliza had a great shot to put us up early in the game.”

The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the second half on a well placed shot from 25 yards out by Keyara Wiard. The goal came after Wiard drilled the ball straight into the corner net and out of the reach for Shelby goalie Elizabeth Kelly.

Oakridge held an offensive edge outshooting Shelby 9-1. Goalie McKayla Wall posted the shutout with one save. Wall shut the Tigers out in the two teams’ last meeting April 20.

Kelly had seven saves in goal for Shelby.

The Eagles move on to the Division 3 district finals and host Orchard View on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Oakridge and Orchard View last met  on May 3 with Oakridge coming away with a 4-0 victory.