Lions cruise past Falcons

Cottage Grove boys soccer (6-2-2) played the last game of their three-game road trip against Elmira (1-7-1) last Wednesday.

In the Lions’ first game against Elmira, Cottage Grove crushed the Falcons to the tune of 8-0 and their most recent game saw a similar triumph.

The Lions downed Elmira in a 5-0 win and would continue their dominance against Sky-Em league opponents and have yet to suffer a loss in league play.

Junior Aldo Rea got the scoring started for Cottage Grove 15 minutes into the first half as the Lions jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. The Lion attack kept the pressure on Elmira’s defense all night long as 10 minutes later Rea added two more goals just two minutes apart, growing the Cottage Grove lead to 3-0.

Jayden Cameron and Juan Gonzalez kept pressing as they had multiple shots on goal that were either just outside the goal or barely over the crossbar.

Goalkeeper Ty Kishen wasn’t tested much in the first half, but managed a couple of stops preventing goals for the Falcons as the Lions took their 3-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Immediately in the second half, Cameron and fellow senior Sylas Williams continued the attack as they both had multiple shots that had to be stopped by the Elmira goalie, but neither were able to add to the score.

Just past the mid-way point of the second half, the ball went out on Elmira which gave Cameron an opportunity for a throw-in. He quickly found Gonzalez, who was able to shoot the ball past the Elmira goalie for the score making it 4-0 Lions.

Five minutes later Rea was able to score his fourth goal of the night helping close the door for the Lions as they earned the big 5-0 win.

“I know that the games we should be winning, we’re winning,” said coach Vern Stewart. “They didn’t test us very much, but the shape we had in the back of our defense wasn’t what it should have been at times. And that is something we will talk about at practice.” 

Despite the big win, Coach Stewart wasn’t very celebratory as he talked about how the team still has things to work on.

Goalie Kishen, on the other hand, was pleased with his positive performance as well as his teammates’.

“I like to watch what our guys are doing. Jayden (Cameron) and Aldo (Rea) – their chemistry is really beautiful,” he said. “I just hang out in the goal and sing songs to myself in my head then once the ball is in our half of the field, I flip the switch and get in the zone.”

Cottage Grove only has a few conference games left before the playoffs are underway. The Lions will have their last two games at home on Oct. 18 against Marshfield and Oct. 20 against Siuslaw.

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