Huskies 5-1-1 after league soccer win over Jefferson

Sweet Home opened league play in girls soccer with a dominating 5-0 win over Jefferson on Oct. 1 at home.

Jessica Snow scored the Huskies’ first goal nine minutes into the game on a pass across the field.

Two minutes later, Kelsi Walker put the ball in on a corner kick from Brianna Wirth.

Twenty minutes into the first half, Sarah Nelson scored the Huskies’ third goal of the half.

With about 25 minutes left in the half, Coach Ramiro Santana subbed out all of the starters. They stayed in through halftime. Santana subbed his starters back into the game 20 minutes into the second half.

Five minutes later, Wirth tipped the ball into the goal. Five minutes after that, Megan Rubidoux dribbled around two defenders and shot the ball in next to the left post.

“They scored within 10 minutes,” Santana said. “They started controlling the ball and passing, feeling comfortable. That’s how they scored so quickly.”

The field was wet with some muddy patches, but that didn’t affect the team too much, he said.

The girls were critical of their early game though.

“At the beginning of the game, we were a little messy,” said Snow, a forward.

But they got better as the game progressed, midfielder Katie Nicholson said. “We played really well, did a lot of passing.”

“We slowed it down,” defender Rochelle Zamacona said. “The defense didn’t have much to do.”

“For once we played a game on their end of the field,” Snow said.

Goalie Kristen Tolle had five saves on the game, while the Huskies had 13 good shots on goal, Santana said. Sabrina Davis played at goalie but saw little action and had no saves.

The Huskies are preparing to face one of their toughest adversaries, Western Mennonite, at home on Thursday; but they’re doing it at a time where they’re playing better than ever.

The Huskies start this week with a 5-1-1 record.

“This is the best ever Sweet Home has done,” Santana said. “The girls are starting to believe in themselves. It’s a lot different from this year to last year. The girls step up. A lot of that has to do with the attitude of the seniors.”

They came from behind to defeat Central, which is another tough rival, he said. “Even though the other team scores first, they know they can step up.”

As long as they relax and play with good communication and passing, like they do in practice, “who knows what we can do?” Santana said.

Western Mennonite is not quite as good as it was last year, he said, but “we’ve got full hands. The Pioneers’ goalie is 6-4, and the whole team is fast.

A couple of the Huskies are still getting over colds, Santana said, so they will have their work cut out for them Thursday.

“Our defense will have to play the game of their life,” he said, and he will mix up the defense from around the field looking for a combination to slow down Western Mennonite.