Dayton routs Amity at home
By BRETT TALLMAN
Of the News-Register
DAYTON - For the second time this season, the Dayton girls soccer team put on a clinic against rival Amity.
The Pirates (7-5 overall, 7-4 3A/2A/1A Special District 3) topped the Warriors (3-7-1 overall, 2-6-1 3A/2A/1A Special District 3) Monday at the Dayton Soccer Field, 9-0.
“We’ve had a tough time this year when we’re coming off a weekend,” Pirates coach Michael Flores said, “But we dominated beginning to end.”
In just the seventh minute, Pirates captain Elizabeth Meaders scored the first goal in what would become a flood of scoring through the rest of the match.
At midfield, Meaders split two Amity defenders, stayed out front and scored an unassisted goal.
One minute later, Savanah Oliveira also scored unassisted and the Pirates were ahead 2-0 just eight minutes into the game.
The Dayton defense held Amity to just one shot on goal in the entire match. The shot, however, was a good one, and Pirates keeper Morgyn Erb made a difficult save to prevent the goal.
At halftime, the Pirates led 5-0. Oliveira scored her second goal of the game in the 30th minute, a second goal by Meaders in the 39th minute fand a goal by senior Cerina Criswell.
Little changed in the second half.
“We got our lots of playing time for our subs,” Flores said.
Though the players changed on the Dayton side, the prolific scoring continued.
In the 44th minute, junior Shelby Byerly scored, and in the 57th minute, Yasmin Arenas netted a goal of her own. Pirates junior Vanessa Ramirez scored twice, first in the 50th minute and again in the 79th minute for Dayton’s ninth and final goal of the match.
“I feel like we’re peaking at the right time,” Flores said. “We’re playing a sharper game going into our last two weeks before playoffs. I think we’re finally putting the final pieces together.”
Dayton will travel to Gervias (1-9-1 3A/2A/1A Special District 3) Monday for a 4:15 p.m. match.
Amity will also hit the road Monday, traveling to Santiam Christian (5-6 3A/2A/1A Special District 3) for a match starting at 4:15 p.m.