The Storm rain goals on Southwestern Oregon
By Emily Sisk
Following a hard-fought home game against Clark on Oct. 11 that ended in a 2-2 draw, the Chemeketa Storm headed out on the road on Wednesday to take on Clackamas in the hopes of achieving some early season luster.
The team was able to squeak by with a win of 1-0, but the Storm remained largely unsatisfied.
On Saturday, the Storm took on Southwestern Oregon at Willamette University.
It was a game that Chemeketa should have won, given SWOCC’s difficult season that has left them at the bottom of the division standings.
The Storm did just that in a dominant 6-1 victory, keeping the team in second place in the division with a 7-4-3 record in league play.
Following a weak offensive sequence by SWOCC, freshman midfielder McKenna Kendall ran the ball out of the Storm’s defensive third all the way to the opposing goal in the second minute.
She then passed to forward Holly Martinez-Moorman, who capitalized on a miscue by the goalkeeper and struck a shot into the open net.
The Storm led 1-0 with the early goal.
Kendall continued to test the SWOCC defense by attempting two wide volleys in the ninth minute.
Sophomore midfielder Febe Samano helped Kendall get the goal that she had been trying for with an assist in the 10th minute, making the score 2-0.
Even though she’s playing with an apparent hamstring injury, Kendall is a presence on the field.
“I just give my 100 percent effort; that’s all I can do,” she said. “Push through it, even if it hurts, because I want to do well for myself, and I want to do well for the team.”
Throughout the game, the Storm’s defensive line was on point.
The team displayed precision passing, good communication, and maintained possession in its own half.
After watching two fellow midfielders score, freshman Kim Ponce decided to get in on the action. In the 23rd minute, her shot on goal just missed when the SWOCC keeper was able to make the save.
Following multiple balls swung into the box by the Storm, Ponce scored off of an assist from Martinez-Moorman in the 25th minute.
Chemeketa had pushed the lead to 3-0.
For the remainder of the first half, SWOCC managed a few shots against keeper Alyssa Flores, who scooped them all up with ease.
In the 42nd minute, Flores would finally be tested when a free kick was awarded right in front of the goal. The shot looked menacing at first, but then it slowly rolled into her waiting hands.
SWOCC changed goalkeepers to start the second half, but the change did not help.
Both Kendall and Ponce made shot attempts in the first five minutes.
In the 51st, Martinez-Moorman brought the score to 4-0 after she dribbled past the SWOCC defensive line and scored.
A nervy moment came in the 55th minute when Flores left the goal prematurely, leaving an open net for SWOCC to fire at. The shot was powerful and on target, but freshman forward Stefania Barragan cleared the line at the last second.
The Storm mounted a counterattack, pushing into SWOCC territory and testing the new goalkeeper. She misplaced a goal kick in the 57th minute, sending the ball to the feet of freshman forward Alex VanAmburgh, who then scored easily.
With a score of 5-0 and little more than 30 minutes remaining, the Storm was almost assured a victory.
SWOCC then put together its best offensive sequences of the afternoon, finally putting Flores to work.
Undaunted, she had three magnificent saves in a row, each made by throwing herself between the ball and the goal.
Samano, who assisted Kendall on the second goal, scored a goal of her own in the 67th minute. The Storm’s defense then sought to ensure a clean sheet for Flores.
A foul in the 18 yard box in the 69th minute, however, gave SWOCC an opportunity. A penalty kick was awarded, and Flores dove off her line to make the initial save.
The shot off the rebound went in, robbing Flores and the Storm of the shutout.
Still, the lop-sided result gave the crowd of more than 60 spectators something to cheer about, especially compared with the previous home game versus Clark.
“We knew last time we didn’t play our game, and also at Clackamas as well,” Martinez-Moorman said. “We knew we needed to come out with the right intentions and just play our game.”
The Storm takes on Pierce at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Lakewood, Washington.
The next home game is against division leaders Lane on Oct. 25 at North Salem High School.