TURNER, Ore.– With Yamhill-Carlton looking to showcase why they are better in 2017 with their aggressive playing style, Faith Craig and the Cascade defense were looking for an offensive break to give them a mental breather.
That break happened about halfway through with the foot of a freshman:
Replacing Nyah Collins and opposite of senior Emma Woods, Privratsky was Woods-esc with two crucial goals to put the Lady Cougars up 2-nil by the time the game entered it’s final 20 minutes and almost had a hat trick all in a short few minute span with roughly 12 minutes roughly left in the game.
“It was a good feeling, our whole team got to celebrate, it was a good push for the rest of the game. We all had energy after that, that felt really good,” said Privratsky on her ‘brace’ performance in Tuesday’s Oregon West Conference opening win.
But hey, there were some hopes for that hat trick as Privratsky saw her shot saved by Sage O’Loughlin; but the frosh is happy with her two crucial goals she contributed Tuesday afternoon.
Defensively, filling in on the defensive backfield was Lucy Roache, another freshman stepping in as Brooklynn Petterson was on the sidelines, but did not play in Tuesday’s game against Y-C; and Roache’s job was to shutdown one of the Lady Tigers captains up on the offensive front.
Yeah Roache had her bumps and bruises a few games into her High School career let-lone Varsity, but overall was successful in keeping her off her game and gave a lending hand to Craig behind her who made some crucial saves in Cascade’s 13th shutout since the start of the 2016 season and 30th total since the start of the Skip Collins-era in 2014.
“I mean I feel like I stayed on her but it felt good, I still feel like she got passed me a couple times which is kind of a bummer, but I stayed on her the best I did,” laughed Roache on sticking to her assignment with Yamhill-Carlton having going up against a upperclassmen.
“It feels pretty good that Coach Collins and Coach Pyatt had enough confidence in me to put me on her and have confidence that I stay with her during the game.”
Speaking of Collins, seeing two freshman contribute like those what Roache and Privratsky reminds him of that first year coaching the Lady Cougars with those six-freshman (now seniors) and how successful those girls were a few years ago.
“It reminds me of the first-year when I started here. My freshman, my first year in 2014, stepped up and they were six of them and they are the reason for the success of our program,” said Collins on Privratsky and Roache’s performances. “And to see freshman come in and really not understand the game or understand the program, I want more of that.
“I want more of that. I want more…they have the desire, they have the heart, they want to be something. They have the excitement, they are not worn down and it’s just fresh and so, it was great.”
Maybe these two freshman made a case to be full-time Varsity players after their performance Tuesday? Only time, and the genius that is Skip Collins, will tell us that.
As the theme for the Cascade Girls Program this Fall, they will have another home game Thursday, this time against a Stayton program that once had a 2-2 tie with Philomath before falling to the Lady Warriors 5-3 down the road in Stayton.