North Marion battles to three-goal draw against Silverton
SILVERTON, Ore. — It wasn't the way North Marion coach Carlos Perez wanted the contest to end between the Huskies and the Silverton Foxes on Monday, Sept. 12. The two teams battled to a 3-3 draw, with five goals coming in the second half.
"I'm a little disappointed, I felt like we were probably a better team," Perez said. "We led twice, we were up 1-0 and then 3-2 up. Unfortunately, we gave some. Defensively we were a little unstructured and they beat us out wide. They have a great winger, number seven, he was very consistent on getting balls into the box. But I told them it's okay to be disappointed, just keep our heads up and keep working."
However, the showing held considerable promise for the North Marion side, who bounced back from a 2-0 loss against Hidden Valley in the season opener.
The scoring started in the first half with 5 minutes, 30 seconds to go before the break. North Marion sophomore Josue Lomeli cracked a shot past the Silverton keeper from the right side of the box to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Silverton equalized early on in the second half, scoring less than a minute in. It would be 28 more minutes before the Foxes took the lead, scoring with 11:10 to go in the game. A frantic back and forth erupted in the final minutes of play. North Marion junior Aden Carrillo scored a pair of goals, one a header and one a slick strike from the top of the box to give North Marion a 3-2 lead.
Silverton's Jason Leon scored the equalizer with three minutes to go, and the score stood at 3-3 when the final horn sounded.
Carrillo was effusive of his team's effort against Silverton after the game, saying the grit his team showed in the second half is what league opponents can come to expect in late September and beyond.
"I would definitely say hardworking and that we don't give up," Carrillo said. "We don't give up no matter what the circumstances. We always give whatever we can and whatever is left in us. We don't like giving up and we're not quitters."
Perez noted that his junior forward, while not a captain, commanded a level of respect from the rest of the team.
"I feel like he's one of the most important players on our team," Perez said. "I think both as a player, but also as a role model especially to the freshmen. I know that a lot of freshmen look up to him. He always works hard, he always does the right things whether it's on the field or in school. He's overall a great person, everybody loves having him here. They struggle or have any questions or anything, they always look to Aden."
Carrillo and Lomeli are just a pair of the Huskies capable of putting points on the board. North Marion's wingers, center mids and forwards have the confidence of their coach. Where Perez wants to see his team grow is on the defensive side of things.
With senior goalkeeper Jonathan Vallejo returning to his position in goal, the team's backline will look to continue to mesh ahead of the season. Perez is confident in Vallejo's ability to work with and motivate the defense.
"Jonathan is a really, really great keeper," Perez said. "Last year he was our starting keeper until the point he got a concussion and we had him playing on the field. He can play everywhere. He can be a great goalkeeper, he can be out on the wing, he can get goals for us. He's a special player. He's always commanding our backline and trying to motivate. Even though we sometimes get beat or they get goals, or crosses into us, he's always trying to motivate."
Carrillo knows that the efforts his team showed against Silverton was important. While the result wasn't a win, it's proof that the mindset of the team is where it should be.
"We worked hard as a team, but we didn't get the result that we wanted," Carrillo said. "But it shows us that we still need to work hard and work more. The draw…we didn't lose, but it's a draw and it shows we can work. But overall, I feel like my teammates gave 110 today."
North Marion (0-1-1) will search for its first win of the season against Gladstone (1-1) on Thursday, Sept. 15.
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