By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It wasn’t too long ago that Morgan Alley was playing soccer as a member of the Stayton High School Girls soccer team. The Regis Class of 2013 grad was part of the Eagles program on the rise under Salvador Munoz before she returned four years ago under then-Head Coach Devin Holmes as JV Head Coach.
She remembered how Munoz came in her last two years playing and the mentality of the program changed as the program has been contending for a postseason spot the past few seasons.
“It’s really taken off and seeing how this program has grown and the potential that these girls have,” Alley said. “Especially this group of incoming seniors, I came in when they were freshman and we kind of grew together and I’ve coached most of them as freshman on JV. It’s pretty special.”
Alley took over the Stayton program on an interim-basis in the Spring of 2021, leading the Eagles to a 4-3-1 record and 2-2 in the Oregon West Conference before taking over the program once more entering the Fall of 2021.
They were coming off of a summer scrimmage against Silverton a few days ago when they played three-shortened halves Tuesday evening at Salem Academy.
Two were against a Dayton squad that has contended for the postseason in recent years in the 3A/2A/1A Classification and another one against the Crusaders. Getting in the reps in before the ‘official’ start of the season on August 16.
“Every minute that we can get on the ball. Whether it’s in practice or at these games is going to help us going into the season and helping them build chemistry with each other, getting comfortable with the ball and getting in shape. It’ll hopefully benefit us,” Alley said.
Stayton will be in McMinnville for another pair of summer league scrimmages Wednesday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald