By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– There was a sense that with how fantastic this season has been for West Salem following their 4-0 win over Tigard to kick-off the 6A State Playoffs, records were going to eventually fall.
In the Titans opener, two records did fall in the fashion of the Single-Season Record and Most shutouts in a season.
It was no surprise that Paige Alexander, who entered Saturday afternoon’s game with 20 goals, would break the school record that stood one goal in front of her as the Senior forward’s hat trick made her the new school record holder entering the second-round. Alexander’s season total now stands at 23 entering their match-up against the winner of Beaverton-Wilson Tuesday night.
Some would say though, defense wins championships. On the other side of the pitch the West Salem defense pitched their 11th shutout of the season, a record in itself as Abbey Knoll and that defense that features Sarah Rice, completed their sixth-straight shutout of the season.
“It’s pretty cool I didn’t even know we broke out the shutout record, but we’ve all played together for a really long time so to be able to come back this season is really awesome,” said Knoll.
And yes, the records are great at the moment, but work is still to be done. The competition will only get tougher from here as they look to take this ebb-and-flow they have built to this point from their backline to the frontline in the main goal of reaching that State Championship in two weeks at Hillsboro Stadium.
“The mentality we’ve had this season is that every game is the State Championship,” starts Knoll. “If we can carry that on through, then we’ll have no issues.”
Maddie Endler struck in the 39th minute to help West Salem lead the Tigers 3-0 entering the halftime break.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald