Depleted girls lose two in soccer

Struggling with depleted unumbers, the girls soccer team lost at Western Mennonite in Salem 7-0 on Monday.

The game was “not bad for playing nine on 11,” Coach Eric Markell said. “It was 3-0 at halftime, and (Western Mennonite) never let up. And our girls never gave up.”

Running with nine players meant forwards would be frustrated by up to three or four defenders when they got the ball, Markell said.

It also means they never get the chance to sit on the bench and rest. The team is down to nine after discipline issues took a couple of players off the team.

Markell was impressed about the girls “not giving up, even though they know they’ve got a huge uphill battle,” he said.

On Thursday, with a player injury, the Huskies fielded only eight players against 11 when they hosted Gervais. They lost that game 3-1.

If the Huskies had 11, Markell thinks his team could have beaten Gervais.

Larissa Bjornsen scored the Huskies’ goal on a free kick, Markell said. The ball bounced around the goal.

“She stayed with it and put it in,” he said.

The Huskies will travel to Central, which will play whatever numbers the Huskies bring, Markell said. “It should be a good game.”

The Huskies finish their season next Monday at home against Philomath.