Oien, Kirsh Net Two as Huskies Sweep Rockets
Owatonna's girls and boys soccer teams beat Rochester John Marshall Tuesday night in games where the Huskies controlled most of the play but the scores were close. The OHS girls won 2-1 at John Drews Field at JM High School. The Huskies boys prevailed 2-0 at the Lincoln Soccer Complex in Owatonna.
In the girls match, sophomore forward Ezra Oien scored in the fourth minute after collecting a ball slipped through defenders from senior Anna Herzog. Oien broke in on the goalkeeper and scored at least her eighth goal of the year.
About 12 minutes into the second half, Oien was fouled just outside the penalty box and was awarded a free kick. She drove it high and hard just under the cross bar for a 2-0 advantage.
The Rockets broke the shutout with under five minutes to go on a goal by JM sophomore Ella Pattinson. Huskies senior goalkeeper Greta Korbel made several diving stops in the second half.
OHS senior defender Emma Dahnert turned in a stellar defensive play with about 90 seconds remaining. A JM forward seemed to be pulling away from another OHS defender for what might be a breakaway. Dahnert dashed into the play and made a sliding tackle that disrupted the ball without fouling the player.
Owatonna (4-2) hosts Northfield Thursday, September 24 at 7 pm at Lincoln.
The OHS boys got two markers from senior Zack Kirsh in the first half and had many other great chances as well, as indicated by People's Press reporter Jon Weisbrod on Twitter.
It was the Huskies fourth shutout of the season. Owatonna (4-2) plays at Northfield Thursday with coverage on AM 1390 KRFO. The Raiders (7-0) whipped Red Wing 13-1 Tuesday. The goal was the first allowed by Northfield after six straight shutouts.
OHS girls tennis lost a close 4-3 decision to Northfield Tuesday. The Raiders swept the doubles and took one of the singles matches for the victory. Owatonna is scheduled to travel to Winona Thursday. The Winhawks just resumed sports this week and sitting things out since early September due to coronavirus.