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After dearth of scoring, SH girls find back of net


October 10, 2017

Sweet Home found the net four times at Elmira Thursday to win their first Sky-Em victory of the season.

Elmira, second in league with just one loss going into the game, scored two goals, the first one at about the 10-minute mark.

The Huskies were down a goal until late in the first half until midfielder Madelyn Neuschwander launched a long shot down the field.

“She scored it almost from the middle of the field,” said Coach Ramiro Santana. Near the sideline, she sent the ball through everybody. A defender kicked at it but missed, and the ball moved on past the goalie into the net. “It was beautiful. It was just a long shot.”

The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Early in the second half, Bethany Gingerich ran the ball up from the middle, Santana said. An Elmira palyer took the ball from her and knocked it back. Ashley Farthing caught it and turned it back toward the goal, and Gingerich took off running as the Falcons keeper caught her in the knees trying to take away the ball. The ball bounced back and into the goal.

Milah Weld scored Sweet Home’s next goal outside the goal area on a pass from Gingerich. The Falcons scored their second goal of the game, trailing 3-2.

Weld put the ball in the goal again, but it wasn’t counted because it was supposed to be an indirect free kick, requiring another player to touch it before the ball goes into the goal.

Weld came back again to score again from just outside the goal area, Santana said. Those goals were all within about 10 minutes of each other.

“We were hurt because we played without three starters,” Santana said. Cora McKee, Jessi Thomas and Kendyl Stutzman were all unavailable, one due to illness and the other two with other obligations.

He brought up three JV players, Esther Ramsey, Sicily Neuschwander and Emily Farthing.

“They did a great job,” Santana said, although he didn’t get much chance to play Neuschwander. Ramsey played defense, and Farthing played midfield. “They gave us a good push.”

The girls have struggled to put the ball in the net all season long. Thursday’s win nearly doubled their offensive output for the season, a total of nine goals so far.

“We worked a lot on our shooting, and we’re still practicing that this week too,” Santana said. They also practiced passing and shooting quickly.

Santana also made some changes on the field, moving Weld from midfield to right forward.

She played toward the middle, close to Gingerich, Santana said, allowing them to pass the ball back and forth.

Gingerich is quick, and Weld is a good ball handler, Santana said. As Gingerich would pick up the defense’s attention, she would kick it over to Weld, who was free to shoot the ball.

“It worked really good for us,” he said.

“Our defense is playing very well,” Santana said. “They carry us.”

At midfield, Madelyn Neuschwander and Sydney Mauer both pushed the ball up very well last week.

Everybody stepped up, Santana said. “Everybody won the (game) this week.”

Santana is happy with their performance.

“It’s what I expect out of these girls,” he said. “This is what they can do. This is a talented team.”

Sweet Home was scheduled to host Junction City Tuesday and will host Sisters at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Huskies travel to Sutherlin on Oct. 17 and finish the regular season at home against Cottage Grove at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19.

These are all games his team can win if the Huskies can score, Santana said. In each of their previous meetings, the Huskies had opportunities to score.

“If we put one in, they really get going,” Santana said.

The Huskies remain last in the Sky-Em with a 1-5 record. Sisters is in fifth with a 1-4-1 record. Cottage Grove, 2-3-1, is in fourth behind Sutherlin, 3-2-1; Elmira, 4-2; and Junction City, 5-0-1.


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