Huskies Beat Rivals in a Thriller; Owatonna Shooter Wins State Title
Owatonna senior captain Taylor Schlauderaff said before Tuesday's Big Nine soccer match against Northfield that the key was to shut down the Raiders main striker. Twenty seconds into the game Ava Stanchina had a goal and the Raiders were up 1-0. Schlauderaff shadowed her the rest of the night and the Huskies came away with a 2-1 victory, the sixth straight game between the teams decided by one goal or less.
Senior Hillary Haarstad leveled the match at 1-1 after being sprung for a breakaway with just under 15 minutes to go in the first half. She also just missed on a chance later in the half, heading the ball off the post. The match was tied at 1-1 at the break.
OHS got the game winner on a free, direct kick by Ezra Oien with under 15 minutes to go in the second half. Her shut went around a four-player wall set up by Northfield and past a diving goal keeper.
Huskies coach Nate Gendron said on Saturday's AM 1390 KRFO / 94.7 FM Coaches Show that Northfield was very good on corner kicks and set pieces. The Huskies did not give the Raiders a corner kick all night.
Owatonna (4-3) hosts Winona Thursday, September 16 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Soccer Complex.
The Owatonna boys beat Northfield Tuesday 4-0. Benny Bangs had a hat trick. Garrett Karsten added the other goal. Nils Gantert had the clean sheet in goal.
Owatonna clay target shooter Ezra Buck captured his second straight Minnesota 4-H Senior Trap Shooting Championship over the weekend. The Owatonna Clay Target Facebook page reports Buck shot 96-out-of-100 to earn a share of the title.
In his last four state level competitions, Buck has shot a total of 391-out-of-400.