By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– South Salem brought the aggressive and the offensive movement to challenge their rival-Sprague Monday evening at South Salem High School.
The Saxons came out of the game winners, defeating their rival 8-0 at home. Diodone Kilongo (20′, 37′) and Julian Rivas Delgado (7′, 25′) each had brace feats by halftime as South Salem led 6-0. Julian Rodriguez (25′, 39′) joined them in the brace-feat category 52nd minute of the game as South Salem finished the first-loop through league 5-0. Allowing one goal through those first five games.
For the Saxons, they go into every game with the mindset that they’re going to go as hard as they can to try to win every game. Knowing that every team they’ll face, from the West Salem’s to the Olympians will be a battle night-in and night-out.
“We just play as a team; our goal is to win every single game. Being successful is doing whatever coach wants us to do and the pitch and we know every single team is going to be tough for us, we all have the same job to do and what we need to do when we’re playing,” Kilongo said. “Everyone knows when we’re playing, we all have the same goals to keep winning every single game.”
“We saw a test tonight. That’s one of the better teams in our league. We know what we need to improve on to grow, we’ll take that into tomorrow’s practice and keep getting better each day, each practice and see what we can improve on. Tonight, we saw a need better defending. It’s a good test for us, but now we know moving forward,” adds Sprague’s Brody Whetzel, who had 11 saves in the game.
The Olys host West Salem Thursday at 7:30pm while South Salem return home to host McKay Thursday evening as both squads start the second loop through league
Photos By Jeremy McDonald