Boys beaten in second halves by Lebanon, Stayton

Stayton 8, Sweet Home 2

Though the final score was ugly, the Huskies actually held a strong Stayton squad in the first half, trailing 3-2 at the break.

“Strange as this is going to sound, after getting beaten 8-2, this is the first game all year where I’ve seen us playing together and working as hard as I wanted,” Coach Ryan Regrutto said. “That team was a really good team that wore us down over time and showed their class.”

Both the Huskies’ first-half goals came from penalty kicks. Their first came after Chris Carpenter got the ball from a Stayton defender and the Eagles goalkeeper came out after him and drew a red card.

Erik Garcia scored on the resulting penalty kick.

The Huskies’ second score came after Tony Ramirez was taken down by a defender and then scored on a penalty kick.

“We’re not too proud of the outcome, but we gave that team a run for their money,” Regrutto said.

Lebanon 5, Sweet Home 1

Against the Warriors on Tuesday, Sweet Home trailed 1-0 at halftime, then tied the score five minutes into the second half after defender Kyle Winslow picked up the ball in the Huskies’ defensive half and sent it down the field to Ramirez, who chased it down after the Lebanon defenders apparently assumed it was going to go out of bound behind the goal.

Ramirez crossed it to Carpenter in front of the Lebanon goal, who headed it in for the tying score.

“The boys were really excited by that,” Regrutto said, but Sweet Home, playing with a short roster due to illness and academic issues, simply ran out of gas in the second half as the hosts ran off four unanswered goals, taking advantage of the Huskies’

mistakes.

“Our conditioning just needs to be a lot better,” Regrutto said. “We had too few players. That’s a game we should have been more competitive in.”

Things don’t get easier for the Huskies this week. They play at Cottage Grove (which lost 1-0 to Stayton a week ago) on Tuesday and host Elmira Thursday at 4:30 p.m., then host East Linn Christian at noon on Saturday.

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