Cascade Girls Soccer Continuing Their Climb Up The Mountain

By Jeremy McDonald

TURNER, Ore.–  You want a resume to start a coaching career at a new school?

How about going to the State Championship in 2014, and brining home Cascade’s first ever league title in 2015.

And so far in 2016, 8-0-2 and 5-0-2 and in yet another conversation for another Oregon West Conference Title as they sit in a two-way tie for first with Philomath.

That’s all in his first two-and-a-half-years as head coach for Skip Collins.

“It’s not anything I did,” said Collins. “We’re lucky, 2014 we went to the State Championship Game, last year we won our first league title and this year we’re trying to do the same thing; and our team is making history.

“We’re currently unbeaten right now, knock on wood and our goal is to unbeaten throughout our whole season and sticking to a theme of making history and that’s what we do.”

The team that only has one senior, the road to this point hasn’t been easy, but it’s sure been a grateful opportunity to this point in the journey.

“I can’t say it’s been easy that we’ve done so well,” said junior Emma Woods.  “I think it’s, I’m really grateful that we have such a tough league and such tough teams to play during (the) regular season, so that by the time we get to the postseason, we’ve had some really good competition.

“We’ve tied twice this year so far, so I think that was humbling for us to realize, ‘hey, it’s not going to be easy’, but winning league would be a great confidence booster for us going into the postseason.”

Elisa Knoff (3) preparing to send the ball down the field Wednesday versus Stayton (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Collins mentions how he makes the girls read their season goals every day to remind them of what they want to accomplish and how they can get to their goals as an unit.

“I’m telling you, I’m making them read their goals every day,” he said.  “So I’m making them write down three goals that they have and how they’re going to accomplish it.  But the biggest thing is that we all have  a plan and stick to that plan.”

That plan has been one of many reasons why Cascade has slowly becoming a household name around the area.

And with three games left in their season, it’s easy to stray away from what got them to this point; but its also important to remember to stay focus and enter everyday like game day.

“We just need to stay focus and keep our eye on the prize and not let down,” said Woods.  “Practice like we’re play in a game, take advantage of our practice time.  Go 100-percent.

“And Skip is always saying how to plan.  Come in with a stragety for each team because Newport is a very different team than Philomath and we play them back-to-back, so we just have to be ready.”

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