3A Girls Soccer: Lady Tornados Catch Early Fire, Best River Ridge 6-1 at Home

By Eric Rosane / erosane@yelmonline.com
Posted 3/18/21

The Yelm Tornados (4-4) caught fire early Tuesday night at home against the River Ridge Hawks (0-8) and didn’t let up, scoring four goals in the second half for a 6-1 blowout. Junior forward …

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3A Girls Soccer: Lady Tornados Catch Early Fire, Best River Ridge 6-1 at Home

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The Yelm Tornados (4-4) caught fire early Tuesday night at home against the River Ridge Hawks (0-8) and didn’t let up, scoring four goals in the second half for a 6-1 blowout. 

Junior forward Jordan Rabalais and sophomore midfielder Aubrey Cayford led the night in goals with two each. Senior Megan Thomas also tallied one goal in the 42nd minute, with the Hawks defense scoring an own-goal off a corner kick by Yelm’s Gabbi Becraft. 

Rabalais left the evening with five shots on goal, and Cayford had three. 

“Every game, we’ve just gotten better — which is what you want out of them. I still don’t think we’ve peaked. I still think we’ve got some more in us,” said Yelm Head Coach Jay Dorhauer. “They’re starting to play not just good soccer, but smart soccer. They’re starting to get their eyes up, see the field and see where the ball needs to go instead of kicking it into open spaces.” 

The Tornados exercised patience well against the Hawks, Dorhauer said. River Ridge packed their defense, so when Yelm got the chance to play it slow and look for those openings, it paid off. 

“There’re opportunities all over the field to be a little more creative, show a little more patience, but I think there are times too when we’ve got to be a little more urgent and get numbers forward,” Dorhauer said. 

The evening started with the Tornados providing pressure up the sides against the Hawks. Rabalais received the ball in the middle and booted it from 20 yards out into the net for a 22nd minute goal. She again found the back of the net by running it in after a pass from senior forward Alyssa Jackson in the 37th minute.

The Tornados scored two goals in the first 10 minutes after halftime thanks to a 42nd-minute score from Thomas and a 47th-minute kick from Cayford. 

River Ridge junior midfielder Ashley Tuttle scored in the 73rd minute to tally her team’s only score against Yelm. 



With eight games under their belt, Rabalais leads the Tornados in total goals with six. Cayford has five and sophomore midfielder Meridee Hill has three. 

Yelm’s backend has remained a solid force so far this season, Dorhauer said, even against 4A Olympia. Senior goalie My’Kel Jones shut out Timberline in a 3-0 win and against North Thurston in a 5-0 result. 

The Tornados will remain home for the remaining conference matchups. They’ll host their senior night Thursday against Timberline (3-3-1), and host North Thurston (2-4-2) and 1A Eatonville (0-3-1) next week. 

Scoring 

First Half — 1, Yelm, Jordan Rabalais, 22nd minute. 2, Yelm, Jordan Rabalais, 37th minute. 

Second Half — 3, Yelm, Megan Thomas, 42nd minute. 4, Yelm, Aubrey Cayford, 47th minute. 5, Yelm, Aubrey Cayford, 52nd minute. 6, River Ridge, own goal, 62nd minute. 7, River Ridge, Ashley Tuttle, 73rd minute. 

Shots on Goal — Yelm’s Jordan Rabalais (5), Aubrey Cayford (3), Megan Thomas (2), Meridee Hill (1), Allie Garcia (1); River Ridge’s Taylor Woodworth (1), Karissa Leland (1), Elizabeth Helman (1), Ashley Tuttle (1).

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