SALEM, Ore.– Keeley Graham and Kyndra Knuth found a groove against the Salem Academy defense as Knuth set up Graham’s two-early goals to put Amity up 2-nil.
“It was made a little easier throughout the game so we won’t have to worry as much,” said Graham of the two quick goals early on in the contest.
The score stood into the second half as the Crusaders tried to duplicate their second-half success versus Gervais Thursday on the road to Saturday afternoon’s game at home and pressured Morgan Croxford, challenging the senior goalkeeper to stop their 14 shots.
Croxford did. Completing the 2-0 shutout as they travel to Gervais Monday on short-rest.
“It felt good finally to come out strong and get a win,” said Croxford. “Just got to keep practicing like we did last week and rest up and get back at it.”
It was frustrated from Salem Academy’s perspective as they too played three games in five days. They knew that it was just mere mental errors that kept off the board Saturday as the fall to 3-5-1 in league and 3-7-1 overall.
And with Dayton Tuesday for their Pink-Out game, its something to work upon during Monday’s practice along with rest.
“It was pretty frustrating to not get one of them in, but I got to give it to their goalkeeper Morgan,” said the Crusaders Aimee Smith, who’s known Croxford through basketball. “She’s a really good goalie, she’s probably the best goalie in our league so she was blocking shots left and right. But it was really frustrating, in the second half we were getting a lot of one-two touches and we were taking shots but they were not falling today.
“For our team it’s kind of mental. We just need to play more as a team and just communicate and talk because here in a game, we’re giving it our all and we’re hustling towards every single ball, just talking and in practice we just need to up-the-tempo and push, but against Dayton I think what we need to do is control the ball and not just send it every single time. Just take our touches and see the field really well and I think we’ll get some shots off of that.”