No football game for homecoming week? No problem. The Owatonna High School girls soccer team is ready and excited to fill the role as the main event for the week and serve as the recognition night of the homecoming court. The Huskies host Red Wing at 7 pm Friday, October 2 at the Lincoln Soccer Complex.

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The Owatonna High School student council announced their plans for Homecoming, Part I right around the time the Minnesota State High School League reinserted football into the fall sports calendar. Homecoming week was designated as September 29 through October 2. The first football game isn't scheduled until October 10.

In conversations with homecoming candidates who are also on the soccer team, I have found they are excited to be the event where homecoming week wraps up. The 26 candidates will be honored during the match, which can be seen on OwatonnaLive.com.

Soccer player Lily Sampson is thrilled to get the focus, "I kind of like it. I feel like football gets a lot of attention, so it's nice for the other sports to get some clout. It's definitely different, but I'm excited." Hear the full interview with Sampson below.

Lily Sampson

Teammate Emma Dahnert stated, "I'm looking forward to our home girls soccer game on Friday which is technically the homecoming game. So I'm super excited to be part of that and have everyone come and watch us."

Emma Dahnert

Even members of the football team I spoke with were happy for their classmates on the soccer team to get the attention. Brayden Truelson said, "It will be cool for someone else to experience what we usually get to experience."

Brayden Truelson

Football player Zach Stansky is pleased with the activities student council juniors came up with for the celebration, "I think they're doing a good job of doing as much as they can...keep things as normal as possible...introducing them (homecoming candidates) at the soccer game on Friday...I think it will be cool to have a different team that gets to be the one to represent homecoming..."

Zach Stransky

Unfortunately, the boys soccer players, along with several homecoming candidates of their own, play a road match Friday night at Red Wing and will miss out on the festivities. The boys match can be heard on AM 1390 KRFO, both over-the-air and on the free app.

The public is invited to the Cruise Main event through downtown Owatonna Friday from 5 to 7 pm.

In lieu of a pregame picnic, a burger and brat fundraiser is being hosted by the Owatonna High School Girls Basketball Boosters with Mineral Springs Brewery from 3 to 8 pm on Friday.