By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– Fireworks went off between the Silverton and North Marion boys soccer team in the second half of Monday night’s game at Silverton High School with five goals being scored in the second 40-minutes in the 3-3 non-league game.
For the Foxes, coming off a tough defeat to Sprague back on Friday, it was a good confidence booster being able to step up their game against a program like the Huskies that reached the 4A State Semifinals last season. Ezra Bradford, Julian Steiger and Jason Leon all scored in the second half in Silverton’s biggest offensive output of the season for an offensive that only had two goals on the season going into the game.
“Even though it was a tie, it was such an amazing game…even though we didn’t win this one, we won as a team. Everything was perfect,” Bradford said. “We tied with them last year and we really wanted to take it to them this year and I’m really satisfied with the game and how we played. Just more confidence. We got the players, we got the talent, we got the team and chemistry and it’s just all about if we put the effort into it. We can’t have effort unless we got confidence.”
For the Huskies, coming off of their tough Overtime defeat to evental State Champions in Philomath in the semifinals, they looked the part of having another deep playoff push in 2022 with how their youth stepped up to the challenge.
Sophomore Josue Lomeli’s goal with 5:37 left in the first half gave North Marion a 1-0 lead going into the second half. And though Silverton clawed back into it, a brace-feat by Aden Carillo helped the Huskies keep with their 5A counterparts in their second game of the season. A good stepping stone for what is hopefully to come for the squad this Fall.
“We’re hard workers that just come into our generation genes. My older brother Barsilay Carillo, has taught me a lot and we’re looking to fill those shoes or even be better because that’s our motto…to be better than what’s previously been shown,” Carillo said. “These games have helped us prepare in how to be more structured and how to be more disciplined and how to work harder as a team and be more smarter..”
North Marion will host former Tri-Valley Conference foe Gladstone on Thursday before closing out their non-league slate next Tuesday at Cottage Grove. The Foxes close out non-league play at Wilsonville on Thursday before heading to Aloha next Wednesday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald