Chemeketa’s Defense Held Tough Against Clark

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.– Chemeketa Community College Women’s Soccer team played soundly in their second game against Clark Community College Saturday afternoon compared to the two squads first meeting on September 18 in Vancouver, Washington.

The Storm were playing together instead of being all over the place in the rematch on this day.  During the opening 34 minutes of the match, Chemeketa held the undefeated Penguins scoreless as Woodburn-grad Carla Zamora-Castillo and her defense held strong with the pressure they were handing out to Clark’s attack.

“We started off really strong, it was a really intense game and we came in hard.  We wanted to win for sure, there were little errors that we made that we fixed in the second half that we didn’t make again,” Zamora-Castillo said.  “I’m really proud of our defense.  Our whole team, we kept going.  Compared to the first time we played them, we’ve improved now and I’m really proud of the success that we had today. 

“Just fix the little errors and know that we played a hard game and if we play like that for the rest of the season.  Go in with that hard mentality of wanting to win and that we’re going to win, that’s really important.  As a team, we weren’t connecting at the start and now we are.  We came in hard and we’re going to keep going hard because we know we can go in and beat the other teams.”

In the game Saturday, the Storm were without four starters Saturday, all out due to injury.  But the freshman heavy Chemeketa squad came close to scoring just  the fourth-goal against the Penguins this season in the 20th minute that just missed the mark.  Their offense was set up through midfielder Rin Choi from Seoul, South Korea. 

Yulmyun-grad and Chemeketa freshman Rin Choi (10, left) and Clark’s Sophia Greene (14) going for a loose ball Saturday at Chemeketa Community College (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The squad were stepping up to the challenge with three games left in their season despite the internal adversity with the injury to go with the external influences of the task at hand with the Clark Penguins.

“We were very, very competitive for about the first 40 minutes.  Our defensive line did well, we were moving the ball and we had a good high-press until they made their one goal and we had to readjust,” Chemeketa Head Coach Steve Elmore said. “The ladies never gave up and they were extremely competitive.  We challenged them when we could with our long balls and our through passing, a much more competitive game this time around.”

Over the closing minutes of the half, Clark struck three times and led 3-0 at the halftime break.  The bulk of the Penguins’ damage in their 5-0 victory however, came between the 34th and 51st minute with Clark scoring four times in the span before the Storm settled back down.

Chemeketa had a few opportunities with runs and corner-kicks to no avail as they’ll close out the NWAC South Region schedule with home games against Clackamas on Wednesday and Southwestern Oregon College Saturday before closing out the season on October 27 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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