By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– West Salem knew they were capable of doing what they did in the second half a lot sooner in their game, but mentally couldn’t get over the hump during the first half versus Corvallis Thursday night at home.
The Spartans hung around with the Titans with the score being tied at two in the first quarter and were down three to West Salem at the halftime break 7-4 as both sides went to their corners to convene as a unit.
On the Titans side, they weren’t happy with how the first half went. Seven goals is good, but there were opportunities to do more damage left on the table as they entered the field of the play for the second half of play.
Slowly, West Salem started to find the back of the net as by they extended their lead to 13-4 with 1:04 left in the third quarter following Wyatt Livengood’s goal that was soon matched by younger brother Jack in the fourth quarter.
“It felt great, we just finally picked our heads up. We picked our heads up and played as a team and all as one instead of being selfish and just throwing the ball away,” said David Chavarria who had four goals in the game.
In total, the Titans scored 12 goals in the second half as they see what they are able to do and can improve on as they have another tough challenge Saturday afternoon versus Curtis High School of Washington at home at 1pm before traveling to rival-Sprague next Friday night for their second North Valley League game.
“It was really nice, that second half we all set a goal that we wanted 20 goals and we knew we could do it, we just had to work on our game and really set a standard for the rest of the season because we got to come out for conference,” said Frazer who too had four goals in the 19-6 win. “For the rest of the conference, we want to push as hard as we can, get as many goals and beat every team. So it was nice to get the confidence for the rest of the season, just keep it rolling and going.”
Unique for the OHSLA (Oregon High School Lacrosse Association) North Valley this year, each team plays each other one and then goes into a ‘league playoff’ like what the OSAA does for 1A-3A in several of their sports, but only time will tell who West Salem could play if they get to that point of the season with many games left to play.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald