By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Coming out of the gates, Western Christian/Perrydale brought the pressure offensively versus Salem Academy Monday afternoon at Salem Academy.
The Lady Pioneers changed up their line-up and the young Lady Crusaders were meeting them head on with senior Lauren Kendall and freshman Mikayla Barrios leading the way by disrupting passing lanes and shots against Western’s Annika Hess and her offense.
“We had our ups-and-downs, we’ve had some really good saves and some not so great mistakes,” said Salem Academy’s Kendall. “Which is how its going to be with a young team, but I think we played well with how much practice we’ve had. We still have a lot to learn but every game count and it’s going to help us a lot.”
Dylainee Carmony didn’t look too much like a freshman in her second Varsity game as the Lady Crusader Goalkeeper made key stops when she needed to, but Hess got one past Carmony in the 27th minute to break the scoreless tie with the score remaining at 1-0 at the halftime whistle as the new-look Pioneer offense found a groove entering the second half.
“It was really nice because we switched up our formations, we actually have an offense and we did really well as a team,” said Hess as her team too is growing into their own in their fourth game of the season. “Just keeping everything we did right and there’s always something to work on. Some better communication, first touches on the ball and finally getting those crosses and scoring.”
The Western Christian/Perrydale squad tacked on two goals within a four minute span to increase their lead to 3-0 with Hess picking up a ‘brace’-feat in the 58th minute of the game.
Defensively, the Lady Pios clamped down the Salem Academy offense by throwing off the games of Chole Campbell and Kayla Bauldree. Both Lady Crusader Middles both brought the pressure until the backline that features Amity Deters and Morgan Anderson met them in the point of attack.
Deters, who’s from Perrydale, mentioned how the changed in their lineup from offense to defense helped a lot after losing two tough games to Yamhill-Carlton and Dayton with them traveling to face Blanchet Catholic Thursday afternoon.
“It’s nice to get our rhythm going because the past couple of games we’ve been struggling a bit on the defense. But I think this was a really good game for us defensively and offensively,” said Deters. “I think the confidence really helps of wining this game. We redid our lineup and I think that also helped a lot so, I’m excited to see how we do in our other games.”
The Lady Crusaders had their changes to get on the board in the game. Campbell came close twice late in the first and second halves that just missed it’s mark. Emily Kroeker set up Bauldree up for a goal with 3:38 left in the game, but the ball took a funny twist when it was getting to Bauldree while having a clear lane to the net.
Going up against this aggression, and learning from this game as they enter their third game of the year at Amity Wednesday at 4:15pm, it’s a starting point in search for their first goal of the season.
“We want to get some contact with them, there’s a lot of times where girls are so afraid to get their bodies into it. It’s not a foul, there’s nothing wrong with it, we just got to get use to contact,” said Bauldree. “We got to work on our touches. Our first touches, a couple of them aren’t going where we want them to go. It’s something we got to work on in practice, focus on our finish and following the shots and just getting our momentum going.”
But as Bauldree mentioned too, it’s the start of the season so there’s time to improve moving forward as both teams are still early in their schedules.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald