CORVALLIS – The Foxes were in the position they wanted to be coming into the match, but they didn’t close out the opportunity.
Silverton High School’s girls soccer team came into Tuesday’s showdown against Corvallis with the Mid-Willamette Conference championship at stake, but the Spartans won 2-1 and clinched the conference title.
Silverton falls to 10-2-2 overall and finishes second in the Mid-Willamette at 6-1 for the second-straight year, while Corvallis improves to 13-2-1 overall and wins the conference at 7-0.
“We talked about this was what we wanted,” Silverton coach Gary Cameron said. “They got their wish. It just didn’t happen.
“Really proud of the team. We’ve got the best senior leadership we’ve ever had. We’ve got a couple things to clean up. They’re a good team over here. They’ve got a club presence in Corvallis on their team and so do we now.”
Both teams next play in the Nov. 4 first round of the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs.
Corvallis came out aggressive on offense and capitalized in the 33rd minute as Sofia Garner put in Mylene Gorzynski’s crossing pass in front of Silverton’s goal for a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 2-0 at15 minutes into the second half when Jordan Taylor scored off an assist from Nicole Regan.
But Silverton played hard to the end. With seconds left Baylie Cameron scored from 20 yards out to cut Corvallis’ lead to 2-1.
“We scored in the 80th minute of three games now,” Gary Cameron said. “We’re not hurting in that respect. We have to grow into the team we are.”
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Corvallis 2, Silverton 1
COR- Garner (Gorzynski) 33:00; COR- Taylor (Stewart) 55:00; SIL- Cameron 80:00.