By Jeremy McDonald
ALBANY, Ore.– It’s strange to not see a lull after graduating nine seniors from their 11-3-1 Quarterfinalist team from 2018, but here we are with Silverton entering one of their biggest test of the season sitting 5-1-1 following their 2-1 win over Crescent Valley Monday afternoon.
‘Stay Hungry’ has been their mantra this season under first-year Head Coach Marty Limbird. Britton Ullan mentioned how hard it is for someone like him to fill the shoes left by Max Linn as the Junior scored twice in the road win.
“I had some really big shoes to fill, our last forward (Linn) broke two school records for most goals in a game and most goals in a season. I wasn’t expecting us to do as well as we’re doing, but our team chemistry is just crazy,” said Ullan. “It’s nice seeing us doing so well with how many people we’ve lost”
Ullan’s first goal, didn’t come until the 35th minute to turn a then 0-0 draw into a 1-0 Silverton lead entering the halftime break. The back-line, which saw Owen Cote take over for Carsen Koch in goal, held strong against the pressure that the Raiders were bringing from the start of the game.
It’s just part of their transition from last year to this year.
“It’s been really nice, I give a lot of credit to our coach, Coach Marty Limbird. We’ve got a lot of good Senior leadership through me as a captain, Cory Garlinhouse as a captain, Brian Leon as a captain,” starts Cote, who had four first half saves Monday. “We just try to get close as a family and play more together than through one person.”
Just as Crescent Valley swarmed and made it hard to play to feet during the game, the Silverton defense did the same as eventually they started to get some clear shots with Ullan and Ezra Bradford that just barely missed it’s mark in transition.
Ullan added the Foxes second goal of the game in the 62nd before Crescent Valley’s Leo Sun broke the Silverton shutout in the 78th minute. The Raiders had their chances in the closing minutes of the game, but Silverton held them off as the Foxes turn their focus to the defending Mid-Willamette Conference and State Champions in Corvallis Thursday afternoon.
“It was a really good game through the midfield, Dominic Doyle pulled it to the outside really well. Cory locked up on #8 really well on the other team, we did really well, we played a good game,” said Cote.
The Spartans, though 3-5 on the season, have wheeled off wins of 10-0 against Dallas and 3-1 over Central after starting the season 1-5 entering league play last week and will be a test nonetheless for this Silverton entering that game.
“Corvallis is always solid. They pass really well, they pressure really well, they’re really comfortable with the ball at their feet…so we just got to know not to go in crazy,” said Ullan. “We just got to keep our shape in, stay solid and defend them off because our defense is solid. As long as we don’t allow any shots, we should be good.”
Kick-off Thursday is at 4pm in Silverton.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald