Duke’s Goal Lifts Titans Over Olympians 3-2

By Jeremy McDonald

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SALEM, Ore.–  It’s been five years to the day since the Sprague Girls Soccer team scored a goal against the West Salem Girls program.

Down 2-0 in their 3-2 defeat to the Titans, some ironicise in that it was the exact score the last time the Olympians scored against West on that October 4, 2017 night at Sprague, Amity Rogers on this evening scored two goals for Sprague to draw the squads to even during the second half of Tuesday’s game.

“It was really good.  My goal tonight was to score against them because we’ve never had opportunities and we always cracked under pressure.  I wanted to get one in the net and we ended up getting it,” Rogers said.  “I thought at half we were done, but we were able to come back and make it a lot closer.”

Coming off of their first defeat of the season to South Salem, West Salem saw the momentum go against them.  Morgan Duke, who would go on to hit the go-ahead and eventual game-winner in this one, pointed towards their conditioning as something that they can work on moving forward into the second-loop of the Central Valley Conference.

“I’m just proud of our effort because coming off the loss to South we needed this win.  (But) this is what we play for, we want to play in tough games and we’re ready to go and we’re going to take it for the rest of the teams the rest of the season,” Duke said. “We just got to work on our fitness.”

Ciela Acosta and Morgan Dorsey-DuQuesne each scored for West Salem, who will host North Salem next Tuesday.

For Sprague, who host North Salem Friday, they’ve been right there in one-goal games with the Titans and Saxons the last two games.  And now being able to be in these games, it’s just a matter of trying to come out on top in these types of games going into the second go-around.

“First half we weren’t playing together and in the second half we started to shift together, really work and we’re lucky this season to see them again and hopefully get the win,” Rogers said.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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