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Girls stay in thick of Sky-Em soccer race after win over CG, loss to Elmira


October 4, 2016

CORA MCKEE, above, moves the soccer ball past Elmira’s Katelynn Lowery.

The girls remained in the thick of things in Sky-Em soccer, tied for second, after beating Cottage Grove 1-0 but falling to Elmira 1-0 last week.

At home on Thursday, Sweet Home and Elmira were tied up until the second half when the Falcons put a penalty kick into the net on a call for a hand ball, said Coach Ramiro Santana. “Otherwise, we probably would’ve ended up tying or with them or winning.”

The Huskies kept up the pressure offensively but couldn’t connect a shot, he said. The Huskies shot the ball about 24 times, while Elmira had four or five shots on goal, one of them close.

The Huskies spent the game plagued by a short roster, with Kendyl Stutzman and Jessilynn Thomas out with injuries. Thomas may not be back. Chelsea Nicholson was sick.

Hannah Jewett was injured but subbing in and playing some minutes, Santana said. “We had to have her. She’s the strongest defender in the back.”

Against Cottage Grove on Sept. 27, Cora McKee scored on a play started by Kenzi Adams near the beginning of the game. Adams sent the ball to Milah Weld, who shot it. The ball bounced out, but McKee followed up and put it in the net.

After that, the Huskies missed a lot, Santana said. They would get there, but their aim was off.

“The girls are playing fine,” Santana said. “They’re just playing amazingly good. All the teams are good. Everybody’s taking care of their field. Right now, every team, we are all in the same (position). I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of scoring.”

CHLOE NEWPORT takes position to knock the ball out of the Huskies’ end of the field. The Huskies lost the game to Elmira 1-0 Thursday at home. With a 3-2 record in the Sky-Em League, the Huskies are tied with Elmira for second place behind Junction City with a 4-1 record. The Huskies will face Junction City on the road Thursday evening.

The girls end the first round of league games 3-2, tied with Elmira for second place. Junction City is leading with a 4-1 record. Sweet Home gave Junction City its only loss. Sutherlin is 2-2-1 in fourth place, and Sisters is 2-3 in fifth. Cottage Grove is 0-4-1 in last.

The Huskies will travel to Junction City Thursday.

“We’ve got to do it, the same thing we did first round,” Santana said.

The Huskies will travel to Sisters on Tuesday.


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