Stayton Girls Soccer Finding Their Groove A Week Into OWC-Play

By Jeremy McDonald

STAYTON, Ore.–  The girls of Stayton Eagles Soccer team have battled through two very tough test this past week against Philomath and Cascade High School.

Though they sit at 0-2 in the Oregon West Conference, Head Coach Lael Anderson is pleased with how her young team has progressed to this point of the season.

“Game went well,” Anderson said of the game versus the Cougars.  “(The) girls are continuing to improve in their personal development. We were pleased with the level of intensity they played at. As with most games, the girls have made a list of areas they want to see improvement by our next game. This gives us a great starting point for practice today.”

Versus Cascade, Anderson was impressed with how the defense consisting of Kaylee Plata, Lupita Cruz, Ariana Aceves, Olivia Casarez and Silvia Gomez were able to hold a Cascade offense that scored 16 goals in four games entering Thursday’s game to just two in the 2-0 Cougar win.

The midfield of Valaria Navarro and Kylie Fisk were pivotal in helping Stayton create opportunities for Beth Lucas and Izaland Samuel up front.

Anderson was impressed with Julieta Arreola and Mariela Gonzalez as well as the team looks to continue to build for the Yamhill-Carlton game Tuesday afternoon at Yamhill-Carlton High School.

“Julieta Arreola played one of her best games yet holding her own in the midfield,” said Anderson. “Mariela Gonzalez also had a solid game creating opportunities in the front of the field.

“Our team is young, but is showing marked improvement with each game. We are excited to face YC next week, and see the momentum build as the girls continue to work together. Their trust in one another is growing,  It’s great to see them create offensive opportunities on the field knowing if they move out of position, their teammates will be there to cover.”


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