By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.—For the first time since 1993, the Silverton Boys Soccer team found themselves hosting a playoff game at McGinnis Field.
And it was worth the wait as they shut the door on Springfield in the second half after taking a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-0 win Tuesday night in front of their home crowd.
“It’s huge for us. It’s been our dream since freshman year we’ve been wanting to make a playoff run forever,” said Owen Bischoff. “Trysten Wertz, a junior, his dad was a Senior on that last team with a home playoff game so I mean it’s a lot of history and it’s incredible to be a Senior here.”
Bischoff scored the first two goals of the game as the Senior Midfielder had a brace feat entering the halftime break, and though he didn’t get a hat trick Isaac Vargas tacked on a third goal and goalkeeper Carsen Koch almost had a fourth as he came out of the net for a Penalty Kick chance late in the game to go with his shutout.
“It was all about keeping our mental state up and not letting them get into our heads and beat us,” said Koch on the second half and playing with the lead. “We played as a team and we won as a team.”
Koch’s PK didn’t go in with the Senior drifting back to the Foxes net as he made another save as time approached zero.
And with their 11th win wrapped up and put away in the memory banks, it’s back to work to prepare for South Albany. The Redhawks defeated Putnam 6-1 to set up the meeting with Silverton holding the season series 1-0-1 entering the 5A Quarterfinal bout.
“We just got to do what we did against them last time, we got to go out on Saturday and play our game. I think we got a good shot,” said Bischoff on Saturday’s match-up in Albany.