By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Amity’s Abigail Sambuceto was on an absolute tear Saturday morning going into the afternoon against an aggressive Yamhill-Carlton attack.
The senior goalkeeper had tamed the Tigers, keeping them at bay by reading and reacting to what was given in front of her with the two squads battling for the second-seed out of the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 league.
“Defensively we communicate well. We stayed very spaced out, we used our width,” the first-team All-League goalie said. “It’s the first time we’re ever going to the playoffs so I’m very excited. Even though we did lose the game, it was still very fun and it was a good game.”
“We were getting really frustrated because we couldn’t get one in the net. We just held it together and we didn’t give up,” adds YC’s Evy Wright. “The biggest thing that kept us together to get that goal was that we didn’t get frustrated at each other. We didn’t take it out on each other, which was the biggest part.”
The downside in the Tigers 2-0 victory was, first, handball in the 67th minute inside the box that led to Wright capitalizing on the ensuing penalty kick. Then second, while the Warriors tried to reset defensively in a mad dash in the box, Kaia Fetch struck in the 78th to add an insurance goal.
With both teams already qualified for the postseason, it was just a final tune-up going into the bracket as Yamhill-Carlton will travel to Riverside and Amity/Western Christian travels to St. Mary’s in Medford.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald