Girls notch soccer win against Stayton, fall to Cascade

Sweet Home girls soccer got its first league win last week, beating Stayton 2-0 at home on Oct. 11. The Huskies moved to 2-7-2 on the year, while Stayton fell to 0-10-1.

Forward Anabelle Morris scored both goals for the Huskies, the first coming in the 23rd minute of the first half, and the second coming in the sixth minute of the second half. Midfielder Rylee Markell assisted Morris’s first goal, while forward Amelia Sullens assisted her second.

“It’s probably the team that we can most match up with,” Head Coach Ramiro Santana said of Stayton. “We’re about the same level.”

He said that Markell, midfielder Faith Johnson, and defender Zianna Duncan did a very good job stopping Stayton’s best player, forward Haili Nyquist.

The Huskies did not fare as well in another home game against Cascade on Oct. 13, losing 6-1. The Cougars improved to 4-6 with the win.

“The first half, we played really well,” Santana said, noting that Cascade “has great feet, and can shoot from so far out.”

Sweet Home was only down 2-0 at halftime.

Santana said the Husky defense broke down in the second half, however, as Sweet Home allowed four more goals.

“I think at that point we started to get tired and couldn’t keep up with Cascade’s speed and passing.”

Cascade scored in the 14th minute of the game, as well as the 19th minute. In the second half, the Cougars scored in the eighth, 22nd, 28th, and 40th minutes.

The Huskies scored their only goal in the 12th minute of the second half, when Markell was able to find the back of the net.

“She took one heck of a shot, like almost from the middle of the field,” Santana said. “It was right in the corner of the goal. That was just an amazing goal.”

Sweet Home has two more home games this week, hosting Newport (8-2-1) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and then squaring off against Philomath (8-3) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, before winding up the season at North Marion Oct. 25.

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