Lions continue roaring through season

Senior middle Evan Snauer (left) passes to fellow senior middle Drew Chapman. The Lions shut out Elmira last Thursday, 8-0. (photo by Gary Manly/The Sentinel)

Flying high after a remarkable game against Siuslaw last Tuesday (March 16), on Thursday (March 18), Cottage Grove’s soccer team hosted Elmira at home. As with the Vikings, the Lions issued another smashing defeat, this time to the Falcons of Elmira, winning 8-0.

The first to put the Lions on the score board for the evening was Aldo Rea, who scored with a beautiful cross from Jaden Cameron in the first minute of the game.

Cottage Grove never let up after that, scoring seven goals by halftime. Two more went to Rea, with three also going to Cameron, and the final goal of the half going to Juan Gonzalez.

In the second half of the game, Cameron scored a final goal to end the match early on the mercy rule.

Coach Vern Stewart was pleased with his team, and though it was another landslide victory, he is quick to give the boys all of the credit.

“Even though it seems one sided, our passing, movement and talking all clicked,” said Stewart. “The boys just seemed to enjoy the entire game. As a coach, you just love to see the work that the team puts in come to fruition. Love it and love them.”

The Lions then played at Junction City on Tuesday (March 23), where they went on to defeat the Tigers for the second time this season, with a final score of 7-1.

Cottage Grove started out slow and fell behind 1-0. After that goal, the Lions were quick to answer with a beautiful shot from Chase Williams. Within the next five minutes, Rea scored on a fast break with a through ball from Cameron, who was next to put in a shot in the corner.

Rea scored his second goal on another fast break with a through ball from Evan Snauer, followed by Sy Williams scoring his first of two goals in the game to end the first half with a score of 5-1.

Within the first five minutes of the second half, Rea scored his third goal, giving him another hat trick.

Williams scored his second goal after a shot from Juan Rodriguez bounced off the defender and Williams followed up, bringing the score to 7-1 for the win.

Cottage Grove plays tonight (March 25), hosting Marist at 6:30 p.m.

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