By Jeremy McDonald
CORVALLIS, Ore.– The Silverton Boys Soccer defense did all they could and then some to slow down one of the prolific offenses in the State in Corvallis.
For much of the 80-minute battle on the road, the three goals that the Spartans got, they had worked for in Corvallis’ 3-0 win to close out league play. Loading up the back-half of the pitch, passing lanes and clean shots were as clear as mud, Corvallis didn’t get their first goal until the final minute of the opening half from Jonas Craig that broke the then 0-0 game.
Craig would finish with a two-goal brace in the victory for the Sparts. Coming from Brady Mykisen’s right hand side.
“We wanted to stay calm, we wanted to get to our midfielders and build up from there,” said Mykisen . “It wasn’t anything special, but just wanted to play our game and play smoothly. I’m really happy with how we played. The score, I don’t think it shows what we actually put out on the field, I thought we really played well.”
Mykisen had help from Solomon Moore and his backline. Brandon Rodriguez Hernandez, Charles Petrik closed lanes in the midfield and tried to move the ball up front towards Britton Ullan.
The Silverton offense had a few cracks during the game to get on the board. Rodriguez Hernandez in the tenth minute, another opportunity in the 34th, Ullan in the 70th. Looking solid shots on goal, just couldn’t finish them as the Spartans had as Mauricio Nieves-Bernal made it 2-0 in the 56th.
Mykisen made crucial stops whenever they came his way. 23rd, 30th, 34th, 51st and 55th minute saves kept the game manageable down the stretch.
A Craig penalty kick goal in the 71st had put a damper on saves from Mykisen and a toe-tapping save from Moore just moments before. Giving the home-Corvallis squad some breathing room with Silverton coming back wanting a goal before the final whistle.
Though it wasn’t the result they were hoping on the scoreboard, it was a strong foundation as they enter a possible game this weekend before entering the cross-over games with the Salem-Keizer schools next week.
“I mean just keep our heads up, work towards the next one and push for it and keep going,” Mykisen said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald