By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– It wasn’t an ideal game, but Silverton Boys Soccer did come around eventually in their 5-3 win over Thurston/Mohawk Thursday night on home turf.
Yes, they were up 2-0 entering the second half, a first-minute goal by Djorn Domst and a Carlos Flores goal in the 24th, but they left the door open for the Colts to stampede back into contention as their defense was challenged during the game.
“We were letting them settle into the game a little bit and at halftime I’m sure they came out fired up like they had the momentum. So, we just have to take the game to our opponents and not…settling back a little bit. We made them feel like they were back in the game even when they weren’t,” Domst starts.
“And that kept happening as the game went on so it was good that we got some goals in the second half, but we definitely need to keep up with the pressure full-time and not after they score a goal.”
Flores picked up a brace-feat by the 46th minute, but that’s where things got interesting. A minute later, Connor Nevin drew Thurston back in. Noa Gigena pushed the lead back to three in the 62nd, the Colts Gabrield Heath struck a moment later that made it 4-2 Silverton.
Domst scored his second goal of the game seconds later as the Foxes woke up across the board knowing that Thurston were on their heels. An eye-opening experience as they got Wilsonville and North Marion ahead before the start of the tough Mid-Willamette Conference slate at the end of the month.
“It was really just the mentality. Against Mountain View we were down 2-0 and we just had to bring that to the game. We were up 2-0 but we were playing too comfortable and we just had to lock it in, play some good defense and make some patient passes and really do that kind of stuff. Just the easy stuff,” Isaac Lawson said.
Both squads traded another goal before the game ended as Silverton improved to 2-0 on the season. But like the game against the Cougars in Bend back on Friday, this game served as a good learning experience with the league schedule just a few games away for them.
“I thought we attacked well, but overall, as a team we attacked well. Our defensive mids (midfielders) closed down on players, making sure they didn’t get the shots off. All the things we already know we can work on, so I think this was another way to show us what we were lacking on,” Domst said.
Silverton will be at Wilsonville Thursday in a rematch of the 5A State Quarterfinals from 2019 where the Wildcats defeated the Foxes 1-0.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald