West Salem — Paige Alexander is playing her only season for the West Salem Lady Titans, but she is leaving a massive impact on the field, off the field, and even the record books. She has had a historical season for West Salem, and on Saturday afternoon she etched her name as the queen of a record that took until the first round of the state playoffs to break.
Paige Alexander took no time to accomplish that task from her to do list, as she received a beautiful one timer pass from Fatima Jimenez, and finished it with a one leg kick for the goal, breaking the school record with her 21st goal of the season and West Salem led 1-0. After a few opportunities and some stiff defense, Paige Alexander got another nice pass, this time in the form of a cross to the middle that she drilled into the net to give herself a brace in the 34th minute and a 2-0 Lady Titans lead.
In the waning minute and a half of the first half, Maddy Endler got loose and drilled a shot past the charging goalkeeper to make it a 3-0 halftime lead for the Lady Titans, putting West Salem in firm control as they continued to burn Tigard on their mistakes defensively. After she received a controversial yellow card in the first half, Paige Alexander came out with fire and fury, making it productive in the form of drilling a netter past the diving Tigard goalkeeper in the 51st minute, making it 4-0 and that’s how the game would finish as Tigard never really had a chance against undefeated West Salem. With the win, the Lady Titans also broke the school record for shutouts in a season, as they picked up their 11th shutout of the year.
With the win and a couple records shattered, Paige Alexander and Maddy Endler talked about the victory and the path forward for West Salem as they enter treacherous territory in the form of Jesuit and Sherwood if they continue to win.
Paige Alexander on the victory, “We played really good in the first half, we connected really well and attacked their weak points. We had a talk about finding the outsides and that’s exactly what we did on almost all the goals, and we just executed on their weaknesses and took advantage of their mistakes.”
Maddy Endler on the path moving forward, “Regardless of where we got seeded, this team is going to put forth all of their energy because we really want this state title. We’ll keep playing our hardest and always know that if we work hard that we’ll have the results.”