Salem — Fresh off their first wins of the season, the Sprague Olympians and David Douglas Scots met Monday night at Sprague High School after a day full of on and off rain showers that varied in heaviness throughout the valley. Sprague defeated Century 2-1 Thursday after tying Newberg 2-2 on Tuesday. David Douglas opened their season with a 6-0 win over Roosevelt on Wednesday.
In the first half, the story consisted of a lot of defense but a seemingly flat Olympians team early on energy wise. In the 27th minute, the Scots took advantage of a scramble play in front of the Olys net, netting a goal for Junior Kelli Huskic and getting the Scots on the board first 1-0. Less than a minute later, a similar play in front of the net got David Douglas on the board again, this time courtesy of the Senior Kaylee Reeves and it quickly turned from a scoreless defensive battle to a 2-0 David Douglas lead. With time running down in the half, Michelle Tapia made it 3-0 David Douglas with less than 30 seconds remaining, giving the Scots a 3-0 halftime lead over Sprague.
In the second half, Sprague came out with more intensity on both sides of the ball, getting several cracks at the goal throughout the rest of the game, but the Scots came through defensively to preserve the shutout and more importantly the victory 3-0 over the Olys on the road. With the win, David Douglas remains undefeated while Sprague picks up their first loss and an even 1-1-1 record this year. After the final whistle, David Douglas goal scorers Kelli Huskic, Kaylee Reeves, and Michelle Tapia putting out their takes on the win, the defensive performance, and other topics.
Reeves on the key goal scoring, “I think they were really important to the momentum of the game, Sprague has a really good defense they came out hard and physical. We just moved the ball really well to get the goals.” Huskic on overcoming Sprague’s defensive intensity, “Adapting to the way they played and being able to settle those balls. They played the ball well from behind and us being one of the shorter teams in our league, we have to adapt to all of those big balls and we adapted very well by settling that ball and playing them on the ground.” Tapia on preparation for La Salle, Tigard, and Century, “We’re practicing really hard and we’re practicing towards the way that they play.”
David Douglas (2-0-0) faces La Salle Prep on Wednesday Night, Sprague (1-1-1) plays Sandy Thursday afternoon at home.