Boys notch first ’08 soccer victory

Sweet Home 2,

Yamhill-Carlton 1

The Husky boys varsity soccer team notched its first win this year, defeating Yamhill-Carlton 2-1 Thursday at home.

“We opened off the first half with an assist from Alex Santana to Matt (Grove),” Coach Al Grove said, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Santana broke away in the second half to score a second goal for the Huskies.

Yamhill-Carlton scored a goal near the middle of the second half on a penalty kick.

“We had a couple of other ones that we should’ve scored on, but we didn’t,” Grove said.

The game was “very physical,” Grove said, and it netted Mitchell Grove a red card, forcing the Huskies to play a man down for about half the game. The Huskies showed fortitude and mental toughness in the situation.

Even still, “we controlled the field most of the game,” Grove said. “Even when we had 10 out there, we were still controlling the play. We just didn’t get as many goals as we should’ve. I thought we played hard.”

David Worthen and Dakota Snow both played in goal and did a good job there, Grove said. “They both stopped the ball several times.”

The Huskies were scheduled to play three games this week, Grove said. They’re battered after Thursday’s contest, but he thinks the team can compete against all three opponents, including Scappoose on the road Tuesday, Seaside at home Thursday and Elmira on the road Friday.

He is looking for improvement in communication, he said. “We lost control of the ball at times we shouldn’t have. We’ve still got to communicate better.”

The Huskies held a 1-2 record starting this week.