By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.—It took the youthful girls of Stayton Girls Soccer to find their groove against a upperclassmen-heavy Seaside Seagulls team Tuesday afternoon.
It might’ve been due to the time switch from 6pm to 4, it might’ve been them trying to figure out their opponent, but whatever it was, once the Eagles found their groove, they exploded for four goals in the 4-1 victory over Seaside to get their first victory of the season.
“I felt pretty good about it, I felt like we all realized how to play with each other in the game,” said Lupita ‘Pita’ Cruz.
Olivia Casarez scored off a deflection that assisted in helping Stayton get more comfortable in the game, followed by Izaland Samuell off a corner kick. Samuell had two goals in the game and Kylie Fisk had the fourth.
“I’m proud of their effort, they were slow in the first half. But I can contribute that to I think the time change,” said co-head coach Paige Amend. “But I’m really proud with the passing and keeping our heads up against a pretty good team, they’re old girls, I’m pleased with their efforts.”
For Co-Head Coach Lael Anderson, she’s too proud on how her young team answered the bell today against a older team like the Seagulls, but knows that it’s going to take some time for her team to warm up to starting and staying strong throughout the game.
“I think that’s going to be something we’re going to be working on, showing small improvements each game as the girls get more confident in their skill level and trusting each other,” said Anderson. “I felt like they adapted pretty well, we were really pleased with their effort today.”
As the team enter a road stand, having five road games in their next six games that spans in the remainder of September, Amend admits that her team’s communication needs to be better as they look to carry this momentum into this road trip.
“I think our communication will be better, but I think we need to ride this momentum,” she said. “This is a huge win for us and we need to remember the things that went well and things that we need to work on going into the road games. Tomorrow’s practice is going to be huge for us, it’s a pitoval point on correcting little details.”
But first, it’s Molalla in Molalla Thursday evening, and Cruz knows that a positive mindset will help Stayton (1-0-1) entering the game.
“I think we’re just going to go in thinking positively into this game,” said Cruz. “We’re going to go in strong.”
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PICTURES FROM JV GAME THAT FOLLOWED VARSITY GAME (PICTURES BY JEREMY MCDONALD)