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Girls narrowly lose league opener


September 20, 2017

Photos by Sean C. Morgan KATE HAWKEN, center, goes after a header by Myckenzi Moore of Elmira as Bethany Gingerich gets into position.

The Sweet Home High School girls soccer team lost its league opener 2-1 to Elmira at home Thursday.

“We started pretty good,” said Coach Ramiro Santana. “They scored first in the minute 25 of the first half, then we scored, tied them right at the end of the half.”

Kate Hawken shot the goal to tie the game.

The Falcons scored the final goal of the game about halfway through the second half.

“When it comes to the shooting, we’re not putting the balls in,” Santana said. The Huskies are playing on the opponent’s end of the field. They’re getting shots on goal, but they’re not hitting the net.

Sweet Home had 14 shots, while Elmira took 13 shots.

It’s the same thing that happened at Tillamook on Sept. 5 in the team’s season opening game, Santana said. The Huskies won the game 2-1 on a last-minute goal.

“We missed so many opportunities,” Santana said. “We need to put them in.”

Natalie Rodgers played keeper against Elmira, coming up with six or seven big saves, Santana said.

The Huskies lost to Newport 6-0 on Sept. 12. Newport led 2-0 at halftime.

“We actually did the same thing,” Santana said. “We had opportunities. We just didn’t put those in.”

Newport shot the ball 27 times, while the Huskies took 19 shots.

Rodgers played goalie during the first half while Moira Curtis played keeper in the second.

Rodgers came up with nearly 20 saves, Santana said. “They both played good.”

Newport has a good team with good speed, Santana said, and last year, the Huskies had to come from behind to get a win against the team.

He noted that his forwards, Hawken and Bethany Gingerich, are both relatively new. Hawken has just returned to the sport after years off, and Gingerich is in her second year.

The Huskies have the speed to keep up with Newport, Santana said, but they don’t have the experience and resulting accuracy that Newport does.

With so many early games canceled due to smoke, the Huskies are “still trying to figure it out,” Santana said. They’ll be moving people around this week.

“We’re playing good,” Santana said. “We’re playing tough. We’re working on the shooting part of it. We don’t have any problems getting into the goal.”

Right now it’s a matter of “more patience, get closer and make sure and put those in,” he said.


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