Girls play tough half against Western Mennonite, but it’s not enough

It’s been a tough year for the Husky girls, who have yet to put a full 80 minutes of quality soccer together, but they’ve shown flashes of competitiveness on the pitch from time to time.

They did so Monday, Oct. 17, in an 8-2 loss at home to Western Mennonite.

“The margin of victory has been shortening over the past couple of years,” said Coach Eric Markell. “We lost 16-0 a couple of years ago.”

The Huskies, who were six players short due to grade problems, looked flat in the first half, Markell said. Western Mennonite went on a roll in the last several minutes of the half, scoring five goals to take a 6-0 halftime lead.

But Sweet Home came out fighting in the second half and scored twice to play the visitors even-up. Amber Erickson scored four minutes into the half for the Huskies and Larissa Bjornsen found the net 11 minutes later.

The Huskies play Thursday at Stayton, another team which with they have been competitive this season, and finish their 2005 campaign Monday, Oct. 24, at Cascade.