By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.- With two months until the first ‘official’ practice and their first game of the season not until September 3 at Gladstone, the Stayton Eagles Boys Soccer Team came out for their second Summer League game aggressive.
They controlled the ball for much of the opening half against Dallas, challenging their defensive half of the field constantly from the opening whistle but were stopped by the Dragons backline during the opening 20 minutes of the match Tuesday evening at home.
But like a quick one-two punch, Stayton struck. First by Jayden Esperza in the 21st minute and then by Kevin Hernandez about a minute later to turn the 0-0 draw into a 2-0 lead by the 23rd minute of the game.
A new face in the White and Blue of the Eagles uniform, Pablo Aceves-Garcia, struck on the Eagles third goal of the game and the first of two for the incoming Senior as Stayton led 5-0 by the halftime break. Aceves-Garcia helped lead the aggressive turnaround from their Thursday game to Tuesday’s game with the Eagles traveling to McKay this Thursday at 6pm.
“It’s good. Just play hard, keep the same momentum we’ve had,” said Aceves-Garcia on carrying it over.
Stayton cooled off on the aggression in the second half while connecting on the opportunities that they had as the squad looks to build off of this on the road here on Thursday evening.