By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.– The Dallas defense settled in during the second half of their 3-1 defeat to Crescent Valley Thursday night in Boys Soccer at Dallas High School.
After surrendering three goals in the span of nine minutes, the Dragons defense pitched a second half shutout, giving their offense an opportunity to move the ball down the pitch. Matching the Raiders intensity over the final 40 minutes of their Match.
Chris Smyth, a day after his cross-country race, flew around to support his goalkeeper in Royce Lavier. Impressing his team in the process as Lavier himself had made clutch saves to keep the pressure presented in front of him from the CV offense as slowly the ball worked its way back towards their opposition side of the field.
“I think we did a really good job holding our line. Big thanks to Chris because he would box them out, make them angry and with that anger we got free kicks, pressed up,” said Lavier. “Got to keep the pressure off of us because as a team we don’t have too many subs and it was great to see him over there, no matter where you want him, he’s always there.”
It was a great starting point for the Dallas Boys, who saw Isaac Jones score the first goal of the season and of the game in the 20th minute. The first half saw the Dragons loading up the back half of the field in a defensive formation with Jones overhead for any deep kicks to the offensive side of the pitch.
Everett King (22’), Johnny Ruiz-Sanchez (29’) and Jacob Smith (31’) scored, swinging momentum in favor of the Raiders. But after Smith’s goal in the 31st minute, it was a defensive stalemate over the next 49 minutes with Dallas looking to carry that second half success to Lebanon Tuesday on the road.
“That was pretty cool to see and cool to watch,” Lavier said of the second half. “I get to see the whole field and watch our midfielders working together. Our defense holding the line, it’s really cool to watch.”
Kickoff against the Warriors Tuesday is at 7:30pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald