By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– Silverton Head Coach Marty Limbird was talking to his team during the halftime of their 5-0 5A State Playoff Opening Round win over Ridgeview about staying disciplined entering the back-end of Wednesday’s game.
Leading 2-0 entering the second half with goals from Ezra Braford and Britton Ullan, one goal against them could change the momentum of the game. And against a Ravens defense that allowed nine goals all season, the Foxes two were a blessing in disguise entering the final 40 minutes.
“We considered them having a solid defense. We were just trying to get passed that because we knew that was one of their strengths and I felt like we did good with it,” said Jason Leon.
Ridgeview came out pushing tempo themselves as Silverton had during the first half. Owen Cote made his third save of the game in the 42nd minute as the Ravens hoped that the first ten minutes of the second half could get them back into the game.
No luck on the offensive front for Ridgeview and Silverton answered back in the 53rd that opened up the flood gates over the next 14 minutes.
Goals from Leon (53rd), Ullan (62nd) and a penalty kick from Carlos Mora Flores in the 67th turned a 2-0 lead into a commanding 5-0 lead to help lift the Foxes into the Quarterfinal round for the second-straight year.
“When we looked at their schedule, they only had nine goals scored on them the entire season which is hard for anyone in any league. It just feels really good to score five in a game,” said Ullan.
Moving into a quarterfinal bout against a Wildcat offense that has scored an average of three goals a game offensive while allowing a goal a game defensively, not just their offense will be important as their defense, but that philosophy of playing discipline soccer will be as important as goals and saves Saturday.
Both teams have met before in the Quarterfinals, all the way back in 2013 when Wilsonville won 3-0 in an Semi-Final appearance for the ‘Cats that year as both squads look to reach the semi-final round in 2019. Just doing the little things right will give them a chance to advance past Saturday.
“Play the same (as tonight), just fix up the passes and just play solid together,” said Leon.
“Don’t stab, stay in front, cut off passing lanes. Just stay solid,” adds Ullan. “Our defense is solid as it, but we just not stab so they can’t pass through us or dribble through.”
Other 5A Scores:
La Salle Prep over The Dalles/Dufur 5-0
Corvallis over Churchill 4-1
Hillsboro over South Albany 2-1 (Hillsboro won on PK’s 5-4)
North Salem over Eagle Point 2-1
Wilsonville over Willamette 4-1
Hood River Valley over West Albany 3-0
Ashland over Parkrose 4-0