Boys' Soccer 2nd in State!
For the fourth time in the past six years, the Stayton Boys' Soccer team played in the state championship game! That is an amazing run! Although the outcome is not what they wanted, dropping the game by a score of 1-0, it was an unbelievable year for the boys. The game itself was intense. Woodburn, after having lost to the Eagles twice already this year, were very aggressive from the start and controlled the ball much of the first half. The Eagles had some opportunities, but were unable to put the ball in the net. Probably their best chance came ten minutes into the contest. Julian Flores served up a beautiful free kick from thirty-five yards out. Sophomore sensation Jayden Esparza broke away from the pack, and his shot just slipped outside the goal. Shortly after that play, Woodburn found some space in the Stayton box and sent the one and only goal of the game into the back of the net.
The second half was almost a complete opposite of the first. Stayton was the aggressor. Time after time, they forced their way down the field hoping for a clean shot on goal. The difference between the two halves? One Woodburn shot went in and Stayton was unable to put one home. It was a valiant effort by a bunch of great kids. Second place in state is an awesome accomplishment. Woodburn, after all, is a size 5A school playing at the 4A classification level. While some teams would whine and complain about the "injustice" of Woodburn playing down, these boys just let their play do the talking, beating the Bulldogs two out of three times this year.
With just four seniors on the roster, chances are the Eagles just might return again next year to the championship game. As we all know, getting to the finals is incredibly difficult; we also know Stayton has a penchant for getting there. We know for sure the boys will put in time in the offseason and get better. This team getting better should cause the rest of the schools in the state to be very concerned. Congratulations Eagles! It was a fantastic effort; we are all very proud of you.