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Husky girls having challenges putting soccer balls into nets


September 27, 2017

Still trying to turn their shots into goals, Sweet Home lost 4-1 to Junction City Sept. 19 and 1-0 to Sisters Thursday, both on the road, in girls soccer.

They’re not having any trouble coming up with shots, said Coach Ramiro Santana of his team, but the Huskies are having trouble putting them into the net.

At Sisters, “we dominated the game,” Santana said. “We had all kinds of shots except every shot was going up or was going sideways.”

Kate Hawken had probably four good looks that could’ve been goals, he said. Milah Weld had three good shots go over the top, and Cora McKee put two over the top of the goal.

Bethany Gingerich was out hurt, and Jessi Thomas was unable to play.

“This was the first time I pulled Milah to the front,” Santana said. She was playing up from the middle of the field.

Sisters scored its only goal on a corner kick about 10 to 15 minutes into the game, Santana said. “After that, we played. In the last 15 minutes, the girls really pushed it. They started passing. Communication was great.”

Their intensity was higher, Santana said. If they do that in their next game, it ought to be a win.

“We had great shots at the end,” Santana said. “If it was not the goalie grabbing the ball, it was shots going out.”

The Huskies fired the ball 16 times, while Sisters had 15 shots on the game. Natalie Rodgers had 11 saves.

Against Junction City, the Huskies shot a bit less by comparison, just 12 times. Junction City took 25 shots.

Rodgers played keeper the first half, saving seven times. Moira Curtis saved six times in the second half.

Junction City scored 10 minutes into the game on a close shot from the middle and 25 minutes into the game, Santana said, and led 2-0 at halftime.

The teams were tied 1-1 for about five minutes as Jessi Thomas scored a goal on a long shot 20 minutes into the game.

She was about a quarter of the way past midfield when she shot it, Santana said. “It was way out there.”

She had the opportunity after the Huskies offense took it to the goal. The ball spun backward, and the Junction City keeper went out to kick it. It ended up at Thomas’ feet, and she shot it.

In a rough second half, the Huskies made a lot of little mistakes, Santana said.

“We’re playing better,” Santana said. “What we need to do is just start scoring shots. We get there. We get the opportunities to score just as much as they do. We need to put some in.”

They’re trying to kick the ball too hard on the run, he said, and they need to be looking for a softer, more controlled touch.

The Huskies were scheduled to host Sutherlin Tuesday and travel to Cottage Grove Thursday. They’ll begin the second half of league play at Elmira on Oct. 5.

The Huskies are last in league with three losses and no wins. Junction City and Sutherlin are tied for first with 2-0-1 records that they gave to each other. Elmira is in third at 2-1. Sisters, 1-1-1, is in fourth followed by Cottage Grove, 0-2-1.


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