By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It was one of those tough games in which nothing could go your way. For the Chemeketa Women’s Soccer team, Wednesday afternoon was just like that against Clackamas Community College.
The Storm controlled the time of possession, and had shots on goal as they looked to get back in the win-column on this day in the NWAC South Region game, but they struggled to find the back of the net in their 2-1 defeat to the Cougars.
“It was a well-played game and we earned our scoring chances, we just didn’t capitalize on them,” said Chemeketa Head Coach Steve Elmore. “Us coaches were very proud that our girls are starting to see that they’re playing a lot better possession soccer where they’re providing themselves those opportunities for the scoring chances.
“They’re moving the ball well. They’re seeing the field and after the Clark game, we definitely made some adjustments and we continue to strive in building a really solid team…but we’re going in the right direction.”
Clackamas capitalized on the few opportunities that they had. Scoring in the 54th and 67th minutes to build a 2-0 lead on the Storm.
After the Cougs second goal, Chemeketa refocused. After Alex Lanning’s (Silverton) goal was waved off in the 63rd, the Storm eventually struck as McNary-grad Ariana Santana-Albright cut the deficit in half in the 76th.
Chemeketa’s Rin Choi had a chance to tie off a penalty kick in the 85th, but the wind caught it just enough for it to miss it’s mark to tie as Clackamas held strong to keep the Storm from possibly tying it up.
“We should’ve scored, we’ve had a lot of scoring opportunities. It’s just a matter of being in the box or being there when you need to be. We had a lot of opportunities, but I think we did pretty well. It’s just a matter of timing and being where we’re supposed to be,” Santana-Albright said.
With two games left in their season, Saturday at home against Southwestern Oregon Community College and Wednesday at Lane, there’s a belief that they’re just finding their groove after starting at zero a few weeks ago.
“We’re looking to win both games and I know that we can do it. We’re not going to give up. We never give up when we lose, it’s just time to start over and do better. We’re just hoping to get the two wins so we can be up there where we need to be and where we deserve to be. I feel like this team started from nowhere and we’re starting to get a lot better,” said Santana-Albright.
The game against SWOCC is scheduled to start at noon at Chemeketa Community College.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald