By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Coming off of their tough 2-0 lost to Philomath nearly a week ago on the road, the Stayton Eagles Girls Soccer team rebounded for a crucial 5-0 win over Newport/Eddyville Charter.
The win keeps the Eagles, who are sitting third in the Oregon West Conference standings, in distance of the OWC-leading Warriors (two games back) and Woodburn (game-and-a-half back) coming down the stretch with four games remaining in the regular season.
“Definitely to pull out wide and talk with each other. Like use what the team is for and drop back, communicate and pass around more,” said Alissa Humphreys. “Just working together through these next couple of games through the hard times.
“Like in the first half where we were slow, definitely work through that so we that when we do get to Woodburn hopefully it won’t be as slow and definitely put up a good fight.”
The elements of adversity were their in the opening 40 minutes with the rust of a week off and the Winter-like chill that came during the game Wednesday night. It wasn’t until Humphreys 30th minute goal that the then 0-0 game was broken entering the halftime break with the Eagles up 1-0.
Coming out of the break though, the Stayton offense stepped up with Humphreys (43rd) and Maddie Pask (49th) pushed the Eagle lead to 3-0 the first ten minutes of the half.
KJ Nyquist and Tori Nyquist each had goals waved off due to offside calls before Rian Hill scored in the 67th minute while Humphreys completed the Hat Trick-feat in the 75th minute in Stayton’s sixth win of the season.
The biggest difference in snapping out of their slow start was their communications and their mental game. Moving forward, communication and their mental game will be that crucial element coming down the stretch of the season and hopefully into another playoff run.
“To use our drops and definitely communicate with the people behind us so we know where to look and who to pass to so we can start getting those opportunities to score,” said Humphreys. “Keep up with our fitness will help us mentally to know that we can do it and physically because we know we can do it. Just to keep pushing ourselves, so if it is slow we can step it up more.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald