By Tyler Ross
With a chip on the shoulder remaining from last year, the Chemeketa men’s soccer team went into the game against Puget Sound with one thing in mind: Win the South Region.
With a 1-O victory this past week, the Storm once again came away a big winner.
“It feels great to win it. I felt like we deserved it,” Alberto Gomez, the team’s goalkeeper, said.
With the win, the team earned a bye in the first round of the current playoffs. In addition, the Storm holds the league title and is one win away from being in the Final Four.
“It feels good; it’s a nice notch to our season. But were not stopping there. Our goal now is to make it into the Final Four; then will take it from there,” head coach Marty Limbird said.
Looking toward the playoffs, the team still has a long way to go toward its goal of completing the season’s mission: becoming the NWAAC champions.
“It feels good to get the monkey off our shoulders with the league title, but now it’s back to work,” Limbird said.
Gomez said, “We need to take it one game at a time and focus on the game on hand.”
Aside from the playoff talk, the celebration of the victory for the South Region title was a cold one for the head coach.
“I will never complain about getting an ice bath after I win like that,” Limbird said after getting ice-cold water poured over him after the conclusion of the Puget Sound game.
The team has been on a roll going into the playoffs, either winning or playing to a tie in seven straight games. Limbird said that the object now was to maintain the momentum.
One thing is certain, given the team’s current play: It’s going to take more than an ice bath to cool of the Storm.
After their victory on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Storm are now headed for the Final Four.