By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.- Sprague’s Amity Rogers showed off some aggression on top for the Olympian offense. Bringing the pressure with Nicky Williams and Madalyn Neufeld bringing up back-up from the midfield and the right side of the field, opposite where the sophomore forward was on the left-side nearest to the grandstand.
Sprague’s looking to fill the holes left by Chole Rogers and Aspen DeConcini, both having graduated following the Olys 7-3-2 Spring short-season.
“It was big. We just worked as a team today, we all worked really hard in a high-intensity game,” Rogers said. “We feel the losses because (Rogers and DeConcini) are good players, but I felt like we filled in pretty well today. It was a good way to begin the season. Last year we definitely struggled against West but this year we really picked it up and did a lot better. We worked as a team and kept high-intensity the whole game.”
Freshman Piper Millikan stepped up in net in their scrimmage finale, matching University of South Dakota-commit Natalie Cunningham’s output in the 0-0 draw between the Olys and the Titans. Closing out their days with a tough battle.
Cunningham pointed towards it being a good eye-opener, the pace was different from their scrimmage with North Salem earlier in the day. But it was good to see the pressure and addressing it now before they kick off the season Tuesday when they host Sunset at 7pm
“That was the pressure that we needed just to get into season-games,” Cunningham said. “I think we were a little frantic…in responding we were a little anxious, but we got some good opportunities. We’re going into a pretty good game (Tuesday) and we’re going to have some pretty good pressure on us like this game and having a jamboree game with Sprague was good.”
Sprague will open the season Tuesday when they’ll travel to play Liberty at 7pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald