Cash Wise Foods Team of the Week: Huskies Girls Soccer
Coming off of a three-win week and extended their winning streak to four on Tuesday, September 24, the Owatonna High School girls soccer team is the Cash Wise Foods Team of the Week. Cash Wise Foods of Owatonna and Waseca will donate a $50 gift card to a charity in the district of the winning team each week throughout the school year.
On Thursday, September 29, the Huskies picked up a big victory in the conference and section standings with a 2-1 win at Rochester Mayo. Coach Nate Gendron said they knew they would have a tough one against the Spartans, "We've been kind of following them throughout the season and they've have a few big wins, not only in the conference but in the section as well."
"We knew this was going to be a difficult game. Their turf is always really, really fast and it's tough to control the ball." He also said Mayo is a physical team. "First half, they were fast and put a lot of pressure on to our defensive unit. Our defensive players, Kaia Elstad, Lily Sampson, Sarah Kingland did a great job the first half really containing their three forwards."
Goalkeeper Samantha Fredin communicated well with her defensive teammates according to Gendron. The Huskies got the lead on a counterattack by Ela Breuer, "on a screaming shot from the outside and put it in the top corner...It was an unbelievable shot."
Owatonna senior co-captain Elstad set up the other goal, "One of the highlights from that game was when Ezra Oien got a header goal off of one of my kicks. That was pretty fun."
The Huskies topped Austin on Tuesday 2-1 in double overtime in a match broadcast on Kat Kountry 105 FM. The winning goal was scored by Grace Wolfe.
OHS had grabbed the lead at Austin on an early conversion by Ezra Oien.
Senior co-captain Josie Sullivan is sidelined with a knee injury for the second time in her high school career, but still takes on a leadership role, "I'm the person that lifts up the girls' spirits." She says the defense is strong point for the Huskies, "Our back line is super strong together and our whole team is very good with team chemistry."
Owatonna girls soccer hosts Faribault Thursday, September 26, then entertains Farmington Saturday at 11 am, and goes to Northfield Monday, September 30 in a match to be broadcast on AM 1390 KRFO