By Jeremy McDonald
JEFFERSON, Ore.– Last year was the first-year of the Jefferson High School as the Lions played just three games in their inaugural season, going 1-2 in their independent schedule with their lone win coming against C.S Lewis Academy 3-0 to close out the season.
Fast forward nearly a year since the October 18, 2017 win and they sit 0-1-1 after tying with Pleasant Hill Thursday at home when they host La Pine for their second-ever league game in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 3 conference.
Abraham Cortez scored the opening goal as the Lions led 1-0 entering the second half before the Hawks tied the game up at 1 early in the second half.
The Jefferson offense showed some flash after the goal on the rain-soaked grass on the cold Mid-September afternoon with Cortez picking up another goal for the ‘brace’-feat after his second goal of the game to hand the Lions a 2-1 lead.
“We just tried our best and that’s what happened at the end of the day. They’re a good team, but I think that we had a lot of confidence going into this game and we knew we needed to prove that going into that,” said Cortez with the offense slowly building momentum. “We can improve by our touches and our passes.”
The Lions offense had a few more chances at extending their lead after the goal, but their defense stepped up with the Jefferson defense contested and swarming La Pine’s Jose Orozco and company in hopes in preventing the Hawks from tying this game back up again.
Whenever La Pine did find a clear lane to the goal, Gaven Robertson made the necessary stops even though the rain made it difficult at times for him.
“I think our defense was pretty good but I feel like we could have done better. That one goal I got scored on, I did my best and the rain makes it awkward going after the ball,” said Robertson on the defense and moving forward. “Just working hard in practice and just taking everyday and just working hard and making every game like it’s our last.”
The Lions host East Linn Christian Academy Thursday at 4:30pm before traveling to Central Linn Tuesday, play Lebanon team next Thursday and traveling to Santiam Christian before coming back home on September 27 versus Creswell.
In the meantime, the win feels great as they hope to string a few of them together as the program continues to grow.
“It’s probably the best feeling, this is like the second-year of our soccer program so it’s pretty cool,” said Robertson. “It feels great, I’m just excited to continue and just win the next game
Photos By Jeremy McDonald