Despite strong second halves against Blanchett, Riverdale, girls lose twice in soccer

Blanchett 7, Sweet Home 0

The Sweet Home girls lost 7-0 to Blanchett Thursday.

“We keep doing the same thing,” Coach Ramiro Santana said. “We play one half horribly, then the other half we play our game.”

Blanchett scored all seven of its goals in the first half.

“In the second half, we woke up and started dribbling and passing. It was amazing. The other coach said she was really impressed.”

Sweet Home, still winless, has two more games, against Gervais on Thursday, Oct. 18, and against Philomath on Monday, Oct. 22.

Riverdale 3, Sweet Home 2

In their last home game of the season, the Huskies played a very competitive match against Riverdale but fell short despite a flurry of second-half shots.

“We had shots going up and down, every which way,” said Coach Ramiro Santana. “That goalie saved their lives.”

The Huskies and the visitors combined for 56 shots, he said, the majority of those by Sweet Home.

The Huskies got off to a slow start, allowing two goals in the first half before they became more physical in the second half and kept the ball on the Mavericks’ end of the field for the majority of the half.

“The second half was just amazing,” Santana said. “Not very many times did they cross the midfield line.”

Brianna Wirth scored the first goal for Sweet Home, to even the score in the first half, but Riverdale answered and the Huskies went into halftime down 2-1.

In the second half, the Mavericks were awarded a penalty kick, which made the difference as they picked up their third score to lead 3-1.

But the Huskies roared back and forward Shelby Gillespie punched through the line of defenders in the center of the field to get one-on-one with the goalie and score Sweet Home’s second goal with about 15 minutes left in the half.