By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.—KJ Nyquist has been on fire as the Stayton Eagles Girls Soccer team wraps up the second week of the season.
The Junior Eagle Forward entered the second Oregon West Conference-league game with two goals on her early season resume and added two more during the second half of their game against Newport Thursday evening for their home opener.
“My teammates are really sending me up for easy goals more than anything,” said Nyquist, who has back-to-back brace-feats three games into the season. “They’re the one who are making me look good, they deserve all the credit.”
With the game knotted up at zero entering the second fourty minute frame, Kirsten Burt drove towards the goal about three minutes into the half looking to score before passing it last second to Nyquist who brought it home for the early 1-0 lead in favor of Stayton.
The first goal was like a sigh of relief for the Eagles as they would push up field with their Midfielders and Forwards with Izaland Samuell, Burt and KJ Nyquist up front trying to get one past the Lady Cubs defense.
“We were working so hard in that first half and nothing was going in and finally KJ got one to go in and it was a relief off our shoulders and we played loose and played our game,” said Alli Nyquist.
But Newport, who entered the game without allowing a goal in five halves before Nyquist’s goal, brought the pressure offensively to only be met with aggression from the Eagles.
Girls like Alli Nyquist, Alyssa Smart, Valeria Navarro, Kaylee Plata and Ariana Aceves supported their goalkeeper in Sylvia Gomez; waiting for their offense to add another insurance goal just in case Newport landed that one goal to throw a little more chaos into the game.
“We communicated a lot and we had help communicating with each other and when one went forward the other would be right back of them. I think we did very well,” said Plata.
The Lady Eagles defense kept that zero up on the board and made sure that they got that first shutout victory of the season, they battled through the aggressive defensive play by the Cubs when KJ Nyquist landed her fourth goal of the week and her second of the game with under five minutes left to play.
“Just think positive and just picking each other up. We were all pretty close so we have really good team chemistry and we’re just going to try to build off of this,” said KJ Nyquist with Stayton polishing off a 2-0 victory to close out the second week of the season.
Coach Devin Holmes brought up in their post-game huddle about them being in 2-0 in league as they improved to 2-1 overall, but not to be happy with it. With them traveling to Sweet Home Tuesday and them hosting Woodburn Thursday, this week was just something to build off of entering those two next games.
“More communication, more passing. But those outside shots, I think they’re going to be the win,” smiled Plata.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald