By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– When the final whistle blew on their 4-0 win over North Marion, the Stayton Eagles Boys Soccer team went into familiar territory not-so-surprising for a team that has set that high of a standard for themeselves from the get go.
Yeah the 2015 State Runner-Up started 5-0-2 through seven games, but 7-0? And this team is still striving for more?
It’s all apart of the plan, and getting back at the Huskies was just a piece of the puzzle of a team who wants to be in the same discussion as the 2010, 2014 and 2015 State Teams and perhaps bring it home like that 2010 team.
“Oh it’s pretty cool, a lot of hard work. We just didn’t come here to play around, we lost last year and we hope we can do better this season,” said David Gomez, who scored the first goal of the game after a Courage Minten set-up in the first-half.
Watching this team play, there’s something special there seven games in. An aggression, a fire of a mixture of senior leadership and young guns wanted to prove they belong and carry the tradition of Stayton soccer.
Those seniors, those returners like a Gomez, Alex Cramer, Jose ‘Chivo’ Gomez and Jacobe Croff are setting a standard that the younger guys like a Nolan Cramer, Omar Renteria and a Kevin Hernandez are meeting.
“I think they’re doing really well, they’re right with us, they want to win too, so that’s really helpful to have a full amount of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshman working together to get the wins,” said Croff, who’s goal that made it 3-0 was matched by Hernandez a few moments later.
“I feel like we have a way better team that we can play and we have more players coming off the bench that can play too,” said Chivo, who added two assist in the game. “It would make it easier for us too because last year we had to depend a few players because it was kind of hard for us to play like that. But this year, a way better team.”
Before we start talking about truly if this team is for real even though they’ve allowed three goals all season while scoring 47 (17 coming against Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday), they have their biggest test of the season Tuesday when Newport makes the drive out to Stayton to wrap up the first-half of Oregon West Conference play.
And they haven’t forgotten what happen on October 25, at Stayton with the Cubs ending the Eagles six-year stranglehold on the OWC-Title in that 1-1 tie that faithful Tuesday night. The biggest thing for this time around is finishing opportunities early.
“We just need to come out and put away goals early because it seems like in all of our games we’ve had early, but we’ve struggled to finish those. But we just need to come out and finish those early goals and put Newport away early and I think we can get them.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald