By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– This moment was a longtime coming for Senior Larisa Kesch coming back from a torn ACL and Meniscus as the Silverton Girls Soccer season kicked off Monday afternoon at McGinnis Field.
It was at Crescent Valley on October 8 when it all came to a crashing halt for the Foxes defender in the 1-0 defeat to the Raiders in the Mid-Willamette Conference opener.
“The ball was coming down the field and me and this girl went to it. I hit the ball and she came right around and hit me, I kind of landed on it. I heard kind of a crack and snap; it didn’t sound good. For like a month I thought it was all fine. Then got X-Rays and MRIs and it was a torn ACL and meniscus. So I then had to go get surgery and now I’m back out here,” laughed Kesch.
With the lengthy recovery time for just the ACL (about a year) let alone roughly the three months for a torn meniscus, the delay in the soccer season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic made Monday even possible as Kesch joined her team with a bulky knee brace on her right leg.
“It was a blessing for sure. I was talking to my Physical Therapist; this is the one good thing that came out of it where I can be 100-percent recovered and still go out and play like I wouldn’t have to be struggling not being recovered. So, it really helped me heal up with the time and strengthen it,” Kesch said. “Now we’re finally opening back up again and it’s ready to go.”
The defender joins fellow Senior in Emily Hyde as captains of the Silverton squad this season. A highlight for sure for Kesch who has been playing the sport since she was five years old, and being one with her longtime teammate in Hyde makes it a sweeter moment with their first game coming next week.
“It’s been a dream of ours to be captains on the team. I’m just happy that we get to have a season and play together,” Kesch.
When Kesch and the Foxes line up their best 11 against West Albany’s best 11 March 2, they’ll be a new voice communicating the defense around sophomore Carly Von Flue.
Von Flue, who Head Coach Gary Cameron had mentioned turned some heads at their Western Oregon University camp during Von Flue’s freshman year, will be taking over the goalkeeping duties from Mia George. George graduated this past Spring and Von Flue has been making the smooth transition over.
“(Von Flue)’s been working hard, she always worked with Mia ahead of time and Coach Fred (George). She’s been working with (Capital FC) and definitely been working on communication,” “She’s already bonded with the team and always been one of us, so its just now working on continuing it onto the field.
“She’s done a great job letting us know what we need to do and what she needs to do. She’s going to be a really good keeper for us this year.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald