Girls defeat Elmira in soccer after falling to CG

The girls’ high school soccer team dominated the field overall and defeated Elmira 1-0 on Thursday on the road.

Megan Rubidoux scored the Huskies’ only goal 25 minutes into the first half. She took a forward pass from the left into the middle, beating her defender and punching the ball into the goal.

“We dominated the game,” said Coach Ramiro Santana. The Huskies held control over the ball most of the game. They took about 15 shots on the game.

“We pretty much controlled the game,” he said. “It was frustrating because we couldn’t score.”

The defense looked good, better than it did against Cottage Grove, which defeated the Huskies 6-1 on Sept. 21 at home.

Jazmine Yoder, the midfielder who serves as the team’s on-field brain, was injured early in the second half on a header and sat out the rest of the game, Santana said. “She’s back in there this week. She’s all good practicing and ready for more.”

Elmira had a couple of opportunities, Santana said, but didn’t really threaten the Huskies overall.

The Huskies are doing well, Santana said, but they’re not aggressive enough. The other teams have been more physical, and the younger players are a little afraid of it.

“With this game, we had more communication,” Santana said. “Our passing was better. We can play. We’ve got a great group of girls that can play.”

They looked good in practice Monday, and he was hoping to see that carry into Tuesday’s game against Junction City, Thursday’s at Sisters and Monday’s hosting La Pine.

The success followed a disaster driven by a personnel shortage on Sept. 21 when the Huskies lost to Cottage Grove. The Huskies had five sick starters, Santana said.

“We made Cottage Grove look good,” Santana said. “I don’t think that’ll happen again if we’re not sick, I promise you.”

Rubidoux scored the Huskies’ goal, he said. “We had chances. We just didn’t execute them.”