Tough week for girls on soccer pitch as they fall to Philomath, N. Marion

Sweet Home girls soccer experienced two tough losses last week as they continue to search for their first league win in the Oregon West Conference.

The Huskies fell at Philomath 8-0 on Oct. 4, and then lost to North Marion by the same score at home on Oct. 6.

Philomath (5-3) took a 5-0 lead into halftime, scoring in the fourth, fifth, 20th, 26th, and 29th minutes. In the second half, they scored in the fifth, 12th, and 20th minutes.

Head Coach Ramiro Santana said that Philomath was “just too fast for us.”

“Our girls can’t catch up with them,” he said, adding that Philomath’s dribbling and passing were also too good for Sweet Home.

He said the Warriors have more club soccer players who play year round than Sweet Home does.

Philomath launched 13 shots on goal, while Sweet Home had six.

North Marion (6-1-1) scored in the game’s sixth, 17th, 18th, and 24th minutes to take a 4-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, the other Huskies scored in the first, third, ninth and 20th minutes.

“North Marion has great passers, very accurate, while my girls struggle with passing,” Santana said.

“Our kicks are not straight or accurate compared to those girls. We make our own selves work too much when our passes are not accurate. We have to chase the ball just to get our own pass.”

North Marion had 13 shots on goal, while Sweet Home again had six.

Sweet Home (1-6-2) hosts Stayton (0-8-1) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Husky Field, and then hosts Cascade (3-5) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.