Girls soccer team, weakened by illness, loses two

Plagued by illness, the Huskies lost a pair of games in girls soccer last week.

Sweet Home lost 6-0 on the road at Sisters Thursday, and Junction City defeated the girls 3-2 at home on Tuesday.

“The girls haven’t been aggressive enough, persistent enough,” Coach Ramiro Santana said. Their opponents “had a little more motivation, more want-to. They wanted it a little bit more.”

But the team, he said, has persistently had several girls out sick for the past three weeks.

They opened the first half well against Sisters, Santana said. Sisters scored one or two goals in the first half. With illness taking its toll, the girls were tired, and they weren’t able to keep it up in the second half when Sisters scored the rest of its goals.

To top it off, Sisters is a good team, Santana said. It went to the semis at state last year.

The Outlaws have an amazing goalie, Sara Small, he said. “She looks like the director of an orchestra. She grabs the ball and plays the field just like a player.”

She is a good communicator and whatever she says, that’s what her team does, he said.

In the end, Santana said, the Sisters coach said this was one of the first competitive games Sisters had played this year.

Sisters has shut out four opponents by larger margins. Henley scored the only goal against the Outlaws thus far this season, but lost 2-1, and Sisters beat Cottage Grove 1-0.

“They’re not only good,” Santana said. “They’re very aggressive, but they had to fight us.”

Against Junction City, the Huskies scored first, Santana said. “They came back and they scored three in a row.”

Megan Rubidoux scored the first goal, and Junction City scored to tie the game at halftime, Santana said. Junction City scored twice more before Megan O’Donnell scored the final goal of the game.

Rubidoux only played 20 minutes of the first half, Santana said, and that continued Thursday, he said. “We lost our best shooter.”

Friday, practice was better and all but two girls were back in action, Santana said. He is hoping that holds through this week’s games, Monday and Wednesday.