By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– All either team needed was a break to get out of the scoreless tie that they both found themselves in Monday night.
Since switching things up the first time the two squads played each other on September 6, the Western Christian/Perrydale Girls Soccer team has only allowed six goals in their last six games and found themselves holding the fifth-ranked Dayton team that has scored 23 over that time to no goals with 25 minutes left in the game.
The Lady Pioneers, sitting in fourth place over Taft in the 3A/2A/1A Speical District 2 conference were pressuring the Lady Pirate defense with their offense when Leah Quesada was fouled in the box to set up a Penalty Kick opportunity. The senior succeeded in the PK shot, handing Western Christian/Perrydale a 1-nil lead in the 58th minute.
About two minutes later, while riding high on the momentum of Quesada’s goal, Annika Hess sent in a corner kick where it was met by the heel of Rebecca O’Dell. O’Dell tapped in the goal with her heel while in the air trying to put a head on the ball to hand the Pios a 2-0 lead on Dayton.
“It was a really big confidence booster for all of us. We’ve been working really hard and we’ve been practicing so it felt really good,” said Quesada on her goal and building off of it. “It just got us super excited and just overall more confident to do good.
“They’re number one in our league right now so we’re just going to keep working hard and working as a team is the biggest thing.”
But the Pirates weren’t going to shy away from the situation as they pressured Western Christian/Perrydale over the last 20 minutes of play down 2-0.
Their lone loss came on September 24 at Blanchet Catholic where the Cavaliers scored three goals in the second half of the 3-1 defeat and Dayton wasn’t going to be shutout for the first-time all season.
With their physicality late in the game that they’ve showcased all game, the Pirates had their chances to put the pressure on the Pioneers defense with the Dayton defense settling back down.
Western Christian/Perrydale however, showed why they’ve tallied four shutouts since their first meeting nearly month ago as they held off the Pirates assault late with a extra goal being added in the waning seconds of the game.
Frustrations were there for Dayton, as they are still in the hunt for the conference title with Blanchet and Yamhill-Carlton, but it’s just a good learning experience moving forward as they prepare for Amity Wednesday.
“It was a tough one but I think it was an eye-opener on what we need to work on to get better for YC for sure. Tonight we learned that we can’t just not pass the ball and we have to stay up and we can’t get down on each other like we have,” said Pirate defender Hailey Meyers as they focus now on Wednesday. “Just forget it and focus on practice tomorrow at 6:30 and get ready for our game on Wednesday.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald