Storm show prowess, smashes Lakers
By Henry Will Photos by David Hallett
It got ugly quickly.
The Chemeketa men’s soccer squad gave the initially enthusiastic Southwest Oregon traveling supporters little to cheer about in an 8-0 romp this past Saturday.
The radiating late fall sun at Sparks Field on the Willamette University campus provided a beautiful setting for a game that was anything but beautiful for the visiting side.
The match started with three quick goals in the first 15 minutes, each strike demonstrating incredible skill.
Freshman midfielder David Forfanah was a huge part of Chemeketa’s offensive success.
“We really meshed. It felt great,” he said.
The opening two goals came from deep sideline runs by midfielders Forfanah and Elvis Pavon. Both led to low ground crosses that ended up in the back of the net.
The third score was a golazo from Pavon, arcing in from the top of the box – a strike not soon forgotten.
At this point, the two bleachers that hosted the visiting Lakers fans were silent, and it only got worse.
After a Storm injury substitution, Chemeketa added its fourth goal from a deep, 40-plus-yard free kick after a careless foul by the Lakers defense.
“We played hard, and it showed,” Forfanah said.
The second half took on a different look than the first, with the home side already leading by four goals.
The Lakers picked up three yellow cards, one of which was advanced to a red card in the 69th minute.
Forfanah, who was taken out at halftime, returned during the red card stoppage and quickly figured into the scoring again.
He took a perfect lead pass into the attacking third of the pitch along the near touchline and fired a strike into the lower left corner of the net as soon as he entered the box.
Chemeketa picked up two more goals during the final 15 minutes.
The Storm produced a resounding effort this past week after suffering a deflating loss against Clark on Oct. 11 to put the team’s season back on track.
Saturday’s win lifts Chemeketa to a 4-1-0 record against the NWAACC south region and a 5-5-1 record against all NWAACC opponents this season.
The men’s next game is against Pierce College in Lakewood, where Chemeketa hopes to improve its playoff chances.