By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– It’s been about four years since Peyton Amundsen last played goalie, but hey she’s showing off how versatile she is with an injury at the position in Tuesday evening’s game against Corvallis’ JV squad.
“It’s really important to not to be scared to try new positions, especially with not big number. I think it’s a really big part of building up is to having players not use to playing certain positions like keeper, center back and positions that not everyone plays,” said Amundsen
“It’s really important to step up and take that position, work on that especially since we got hurt players and unexperienced players this year. It’s really important for them to step up and take that spot and play like a leading role and step up and play that position.”
The sophomore was filling in for the injured Kaitlyn Land to start before moving up to forward to support Zoey Giertych up front with Hailey Hayes taking over in goal for the reminder of the game. Amundsen eventually made her way to the center back on defense in the final few minutes of the second half.
It’s a rebuilding year to say the least. Roughly 14 girls are on the roster, in the program all together following back-to-back winless seasons as the Dragons elected to go with a Junior Varsity schedule this season. Kacey Jordan, Daisy VanHoose, Elaina Toll and Amundsen all returned from last season’s 0-10 season this season.
Not too long ago though, three years actually, the Dragons had a streak going of reaching the 5A play-in games and had reached the 5A State Playoffs four years ago, falling to Wilsonville in the opening round of the playoffs.
During their game Thursday, the Dragons had six freshmen to five sophomores on roster and three upperclassmen, so the recipe for a solid foundation moving forward is there.
“With a bunch of incoming freshmen, I definitely thinking we’re important a ton,” said Giertych. “Being an incoming freshman, and new to all of this and getting to know all about these ladies is definitely a good experience I think for me.
“I think moving up with these girls for years to come, I definitely think the team could improve with more incoming freshman and the freshman we have now growing as players.”
Dallas has had played three games against Varsity teams in 4A’s Tillamook (September 10) and twice against 2A’s Central Linn/Mohawk on September 5 and September 17 for that Varsity experience.
The Cheesemakers took the game 10-1 and the Cobras over the Dragons 7-3 and 6-2 respectively. Those six goals against Varsity squads for Dallas were three more than they had last season on a ten-game Varsity schedule.
Tuesday’s game was the first time where Dallas, who enters Thursday’s game with Silverton’s JV 2-4 on the season, hadn’t found the back of the net as the Dragons. Dallas’ two wins came against Amity/Perrydale’s JV 11-1 and Santiam Christain’s JV 12-0 this season.
“Having new bodies on the field and being able to expand our abilities on numbers. We definitely have more people this year and different positions with people coming in that are more prominently in one position we didn’t have last year,” said Amundsen. “Progressing in every way possible. We’re a lot more adaptable…we’re working together more.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald