By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– The last three games for the South Salem Lady Saxons have been something great after having two scoreless ties to start the season.
Behind their aggressive style, South has outscored their opponents 5-2 in wins over South Eugene and Newberg entering Thursday afternoon’s game versus Silverton.
And Thursday’s game was no different as two first half goals and their aggressive playstyle in the second half to finish the preseason 2-0-2 with Forest Grove Tuesday to start Greater Valley Conference-play.
“I think we had a great flow and we just play really well together and kept the balling moving ,” said Lauren Foster who scored the third and final goal for the Saxons Thursday. “I think this momentum has really helped us to boost our confidence as a team and to play well.”
For the Lady Foxes, frustrations are there as South Salem handed them their third-straight loss after their opening season win against Churchill 2-1 on August 31, but the tough games against West Salem, Wilsonville and South Salem has really helped Silverton improve and prepare for the Corvallis’ come Mid-Willamette Conference time.
You could see the frustrations, especially during that second half trying to break down the Saxons harsh defense and slowing down their forwards defensively, but they know in the back of their heads that it’s showing them how to improve when they play Corvallis this season.
“I think that’s going to help us in the long-run when we play Corvallis, I think they are our biggest threat right now,” said Izzy Leos on facing these teams for Corvallis on October 24 in Corvallis. “I know most of those girls from playing on club team so I know that they’ve all played club and having that high aggression, the speed and the skill-set they have, is a good test for us.”
With two more games before league starting on September 3 against a Central team that lost to Cascade 3-0 themselves Thursday in Turner, the Lady Foxes have two more opportunities to get this sour taste out of their mouths and get some momentum rolling for the 2017 MWC-League season.
And Maggie Roth points to practice, something that Leos even eluded to as well that could be helpful for this team finding a groove and lack because of the smoke in the area, as well continuing this team chemistry with one another.
“Just diving all in with each other, focusing on practices and just knowing that we have to get better if we want to have success,” said Roth. “So like not doing the same old things, like putting in a true effort to changing things we’re doing and get better and work with each other and just keep building as a team.”
South Salem and the Lady Vikings will kick-off at 7pm in Forest Grove while the Lady Foxes kicks-off at Putnam at 7pm as well.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald