By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– After a slow, 1-3 start to the year it seemed as if the Dayton Girls Soccer team have turned the corner on the season having gone on a five-game unbeaten streak following their 6-0 win over Gervais/Kennedy on Thursday afternoon. Taking lessons learned from their first four games to heart as they picked up four wins and tied with Yamhill-Carlton in a physical 2-2 draw back on September 19.
On Thursday, they scored in two quick spurts. The first coming in between the 10th and 14th minutes with a brace feat from Paola Covarrubias and a single goal from Montserrat Ceras Estrada. That was followed by a three-minute stretch to start the second half with a brace feat from Mackenzie Wiro and a single goal from Kya Kearns to help aid the Pirates in their 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 matchup with the Cougars.
Incorporating new girls, Dayton’s slowly finding their groove at about the halfway point of the season.
“The first couple games were kind of rough, but I think now with a bunch of new girls we’re just trying to get into a rhythm and start all over again. Last year we were doing good and this year, we started kind of rough but are catching up,” Covarrubias said.
And the biggest thing has been communication and working as a team in their turnaround. Something that they hope to continue to build upon as their goals of another deep playoff push are still there now sitting 5-3-1 overall and 5-2-1 in league play.
“The first three games really showed us how much we need to work as a team and I think our last games we’ve been communicating and seeing those opportunities for our teammates. We’re using everyone and it’s really shown in the last few games,” describes Kya Kearns.
The Pirates host Salem Academy on Monday before traveling to Western Christian on Thursday.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald