Corvallis — Entering their rivalry matchup Tuesday night, the Crescent Valley Raiders and Corvallis Spartans entered looking to add a huge win to their resume and gain bragging rights over their biggest rival. This matchup turned out to be as advertised, a hard fought battle between two talented rivals.
Crescent Valley and Corvallis Trade Penalty Kick Goals, Enter The Half Tied 1-1
All of the main action occurred in the first three minutes of the game, as Crescent Valley drew an early penalty kick in the 2nd minute of action. Raiders captain Claire Macy drilled the PK, putting the top ranked Raiders ahead 1-0 quickly. Just like clockwork, the 3rd minute featured a penalty kick for Corvallis after a penalty in the goal box, and Heather Wright drilled it for the Spartans and made it a 1-1 game in the first three minutes of action.
After the two PK goals, this one remained fiery and competitive with both teams fighting hard for an edge. To no avail, neither team was able to take the lead on the scoreboard and they entered the half knotted up at 1-1 after a half of strong defense and key midfield plays.
Second Half Features: Close Calls, Missed Opportunity, Controversy
Just like its predecessor, the second half embraced itself for a similar tone and level of action. However, this one featured several missed opportunities, some controversy, and a really close call. In the 48th minute, one time goal scorer Claire Macy had an opportunity to put the Raiders ahead on a free kick, but her attempt drilled the cross bar and missed. Less than a minute later, Macy had another free kick that went wide left, keeping it a 1-1 game.
About another eight minutes of action went by before another prime opportunity opened up, this time for Corvallis who hit the ball off the cross bar and nailed the rebound wide left of the net. In the 72nd minute, Macy was afforded a third free kick attempt at the net, but hit the top cross bar and it was cleared by Corvallis.
With less than two minutes left, a collision between a Corvallis player and the Crescent Valley goalkeeper resulted in a penalty kick call for the Spartans, sparking vocal displeasure and outrage from Crescent Valley. Lining up for the chance to take the lead, Indigo Martin-Llinas hit the penalty kick above the top of the net, sailing out of bounds and Crescent Valley avoided a massive, controversial bullet.
The Raiders had one last opportunity with around 15 seconds left, as Sydney Berrey lined up for a corner kick, but it was too far out and the teams ended up with a 1-1 draw, capping a wild ending to an intense rivalry match.
Talking It Over With Three Competitive Ladies
After the teams drew the hard fought game, disappointment clouded both sidelines, but three competitive ladies gave me their insight on the game and how it affects the season ahead.
Heather Wright on the aggressiveness and play of the game, “It was really aggressive because they are our rival, so both teams were battling and it got our nerves going. Once we got the ball down and passing it around, we got some good combinations and crosses off, I felt we just needed to finish the game off.”
Claire Macy on Crescent Valley getting back on the winning track, “We need to do what we do best, just play simple, trust each other and ourselves, just do what we do in practice, and play every game to the best of our abilities.”
Peyton Dale on the defensive performance, “We were able to shut down their forwards, they didn’t have as many shot attempts, and I felt like I made a lot fewer saves than their goalie did. I felt we didn’t do as well as we could’ve in this game, but our defense is certainly our strong point.”