By Jeremy McDonald
PORTLAND, Ore.– West Salem have been focusing primarly on their defensive game entering their season opener versus Central Catholic Wednesday evening at Delta Park and their defense did their job down to a T in their season opener at the Oregon-Washington boarder.
But gosh, their offense made sure that their defense had plenty of cushion to put in good use what they have learned entering this game.
“It feels really good to get an early season win, we’ve been working hard on our defense so it’s really good to see some offense, but we have been working on the defense side. We haven’t seen the offensive side, but it’s good to score some goals.” “Our wing play actually really good, both left and right wings played really well and you get a lot of service from the wings and it worked out well for us today.”
Rodriguez admitted that they left a few opportunities on the table, but it’s something they can work on moving forward into Thursday’s practice. But for Wednesday night’s game, they did just enough to get the job done.
Olivia Orozco struck first with the first two goals of the half entering the final ten minutes of the first half with the Lady Titans up 2-0 as Alicia Jamison tacked a third goal on before halftime.
Fatima Jimenez started the second half scoring with a 45th minute goal to make it 4-0 and Madison McDougal made it 5-0 in the 48th with Megan Vaughn scoring the last goal of the night to make it 6-0 for the final decision when the final whistle blew.
“I think it was really good for our team just to give us confidence. We played together really nicely and we just finished strong,” said Orozco as the Titans host Wilsonville Friday night. “I think moving forward, just keeping on scoring in the line of play because most of our goals were on a stopped ball. Just keep looking for those goals during the game.”
With the game in hand, Rodriguez subbed in some of his younger girls into the game to give the depth of their bench some valuable minutes for the long season ahead.
What was good too, there was no drop-off from the starters to the bench players as the intensity remained the same to end the game.
“It was really nice to see them play because they kept the same intensity when they came in and we just kept working and kept scoring, so it was really good,” said Orozco.
The Titans will host the Wildcats Friday at 7pm before opening Week 2 with Sheldon Tuesday (7pm) and West Linn (7pm).