On Thursday (March 4), Siuslaw High School played its first-ever varsity soccer match at Marshfield High School. Although it’s coach Londi Tomaro’s third year running the soccer program since it began in the 2018-19 school year, this season marks the first year that the program was able to compete at the varsity level.
Tomaro said that, while the Viks did not come out victorious in Thursday’s hard-fought match, she was far from disappointed in the 4-0 loss considering it was the team’s first time competing at the varsity level.
“We expected Marshfield to be a tough opponent and they were,” said Tomaro. “We lost, but the game was much more tightly fought than the score might indicate.”
Siuslaw managed to hold the Pirates to just a single goal in the first half until halftime.
“We played well and exerted pressure to keep Marshfield out of scoring opportunities, especially in the first half,” Tomaro said. “We had a bit of a lull in the defense in the second half, which gave the Pirates some scoring opportunities.”
After being held to one goal in the first half, Marshfield managed three more in the second, including one from a penalty kick.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Kayden Lane made 12 saves over the course of the game, including five in the first half and seven in the second. “He played a great game,” said Tomaro.
In addition to Lane holding the Pirates on defense, the Viks’ offense pushed through the Marshfield defense with several attacks, especially toward the end of the game. Compared to the first half, during which Siuslaw only took one shot at the goal, the Vikings got off seven attempts in the second half.
“Some were very nearly goals,” Tomaro said.
Of the 10 shots taken on offense, junior Daniel Paasch had two, sophomore Dez Anderson had four, senior Jaxson Jensen had three, and sophomore Yoskar De La Mora had one.
On the whole, Tomaro said she was pleased with her squad’s tenacity in its first match at the varsity level.
“We have some things to work on, as any team does. But overall, I am proud of our team's efforts,” said Tomaro. “I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and improve together as a team — and I'm excited to see how the rest of the season goes.”
The Vikings play at home against Elmira this Thursday (March 11), beginning at 6:30 p.m.
As with all sporting events this season, no spectators are allowed to attend the game.