By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Stayton’s Maddie Pask picked up where she left off her Junior season with the Eagles.
Aggressive and strong with the ball, Pask recorded an opening day hat trick for Stayton. Scoring in the third, 31st and 64th minute to set the tone in the 6-0 victory over Cascade Tuesday evening at Stayton High School.
Jenica Trujillo (35’), Adrianna Frank (72’) and Ashlyn Burt (79’) all scored for the Eagles, who controlled the attacking part of the pitch for much of the game. Pressuring and challenging the Cougar defense often in the contest with Stayton opening up the season against their rivals.
“It feels really good to be back after over a year and get to come out and play,” said Pask. “It’s really fun, I really miss playing with these girls a lot. Especially with school being online, it’s really good to be back with them, hanging out and getting to play with them.”
The Cougars had a penalty kick opportunity towards the end of the opening half, but Ariel Tobassion’s PK chance was saved by the Eagles’ Karlee Tyler. For Cascade, it was a challenge coming on the heels of their close 2-1 defeat to Sweet Home last Wednesday on the road, but it’s a work in progress as they’ll have their home-opener Thursday against Sisters.
“We’re learning, game-by-game we’re learning. From the first game we did a lot better, we’re missing a lot of key-players out there and a really small roster so it’s a work in progress. We’re going to take it a day-at-a-time,” said interim-Head Coach Robert Leon. “It’s rough to lose but that’s how we’re going to learn.”
The Eagles meet up with Philomath/Monroe Saturday afternoon at Crescent Valley High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald