By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Both Stayton and Cascade Boys Soccer were battling for more than bringing rights, they were also battling for playoff positioning.
For the Eagles, it was to keep up with first-place Newport. Cascade, for a play-in game opportunity.
Alex Cramer and David Gomez got Stayton up 2-0 by the halftime break, but the Cougars attempted to mount a comeback with extremely physical play.
It paid off when William Pelayo-Garcia cut the Stayton lead down to size to one, 2-1, in the 48th minute.
“We kind of turned down, we start noticing they were getting more aggressive, so we had to actually start trying to communicate,” said Gomez. “And we also got aggressive too at the end.”
“The aggressiveness was pretty much like a playoff game really,” added Levi Summers. “They’re fighting for a (playoff) spot I believe, so they’re fighting for a spot this whole time and we kind of adjusted on what we needed to do to stop them.”
That Eagle aggressiveness came to live following that goal to answer the Cascade challenge. Summers described this as how they answered the bell to North Marion on September 29 by stepping up their game.
And when it did, it would be as close as Cascade would get as Cramer and Gomez added one more goal apiece as Stayton are slowly gaining back their confidence following a very tough stretch the past three games.
“Getting a win tonight was probably the most important thing because all of our heads were in the down after the last few games and so we really needed to pull this one out and play as a team and get our confidence back,” said Summers. “Get motivated for our next games.”
Summers and the defensive line put an end to most of the Cougar drives. For those shots that got to Mauricio Zamudio, it was met by some amazing saves and stops like what he had on Kevin Hernandez’ shot with 17 minutes left as Zamudio lifted Hernandez’ shot over the top bar to keep the damage at bay.
Stayton will be off until Tuesday when they travel up to Yamhill-Carlton, kickoff is at 6pm.
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