By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– It’s hard to wrap your mind around that this is Dayton’s Taylor Wilson’s first year playing soccer. Her athleticism and athletic ability had made her look like a natural just five games into her High School soccer career.
It was the team camaraderie that drew her to the sport and to give it a try.
“It caught my eye, I really like it and it helps me with basketball. But I like it. I wish I started it sooner, I’ve learned a lot already,” the Junior Wilson said, who had a goal and an assist in the game.
Wilson adds another option to the Pirates attack with Renika Oliveria, Kya Kearns and Paola Covarrubias. Coverrubias had a few opportunities early on to crack an early 0-0 tie in their 3-2 victory over rival-Amity Monday afternoon. But Warriors goalkeeper Abigial Sambuceto halted the shots as the senior goalkeeper had four saves early on in the game with the Amity defense holding strong against Dayton on this day.
It’s weird to think too, both the Warriors and the Pirates were 3-1 entering the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 league game.
The last time Amity has won more than two games in a season was during the 2017-2018 season when they won four in their 4-7-2 season that year. The strong start could stem from their seniors that are wanting to leave their mark on the program coming off of playing nine-man soccer this past Spring as they co-op with Western Christian.
“This year we’re pretty senior strong. Last year we didn’t have any, so it’s nice to have all of our seniors which is me Madison Bignam, Alex Brown and Abigial Sambuceto who’s our goalie,” said Amity/Western Christian’s Olivia Farrier said. “I think we did super good (today) considering they won (the league) championship last year and I’m really proud of my girls because we all stepped up this year. Dayton’s really good and I’m really impressed with how well we played. I’m really proud of my girls.”
Wilson scored the first goal of the game with Renika Oliveria assisting on it in the 25th minute, Melissa Arroryo scored six minutes later with Wilson assisting on that one as well as Dayton built a 2-0 lead. But Farrier brought them back in with a Warriors goal a minute later in the 32nd.
Both teams’ trades goals in the second half. Renika Oliveria scored in the 51st minute only to be matched by Amity/Western Christian’s Maya Haarsma in the 60th minute to keep the Pirates within reach going towards the final whistle.
“I felt like we could’ve been a lot better as a team,” Renika Oliveria said. “I think we need to be more focused before going into another game. As soon as we get there, we need to start focusing more on the game rather than talking and other stuff, and as a team just get together and prepare ourselves for a game to be played. Other than that, I think we just need to focus more and improve on improving for our next game.”
Dayton would keep the Warriors off the board for their fourth-straight win of the season, their only loss to this point was a 2-0 decision to OES on August 26 as they’ll host Taft Thursday. Amity/Western Christian will travel to Yamhill-Carlton for a 4pm game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald