The 2020 Owatonna High School girls soccer season will be remembered for a variety of reasons, most of them good. The Huskies reached the section finals for the first time in 15 years. They had a nine-game unbeaten streak. OHS won some thrillers, including a come-from-behind, overtime playoff match in the semifinals. Nine seniors oversaw the 9-3-1 campaign.

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The team announced their award winners recently.

  • Most Versatile Player: Lily Sampson
  • Unsung Hero Award: Sarah Kingland
  • Best Newcomer Award: Hillary Haarstad
  • Defensive MVP: Emma Dahnert
  • Offensive MVP: Haastad

Coach Nate Gendron comments about an appearance in the finals, "Our team was very proud to make it to that point. That was a history marking event for our soccer team. They worked extremely hard all season." Lakeville South won the section final 4-1.

All Big Nine Conference, first team:

  • Ezra Oien (voted #3 player in the league)
  • Anna Herzog (voted #10 overall player in the conference)
  • Abby Vetsch
  • Lily Sampson
  • Hillary Haarstad

All Big Nine honorable mention selections:

  • Emma Dahnert
  • Arianna Shornock

Gendron saluted the seniors, "All have been playing together for a really long time, have been a true group...part of a true foundation of growing together."

Dahnert will play Division II college soccer at Southwest MN State in Marshall. Herzog has committed to DIII UW-Stout for 2021. The Huskies will return four of their all-conference players next fall.

Big Nine Scholar athletes (must be a senior)

  • Lauren Borderding
  • Emma Dahnert
  • Anna Herzog
  • Sydney Hunst
  • Libby Janka
  • Sarah Kingland
  • Lily Sampson
  • Greta Korbel

Captains for 2021:

  • Arianna Shornock
  • Taylor Schlauderaff
  • Hillary Haarstad

(Captains for 2020 were Sydney Hunst, Sarah Kingland, and Anna Herzog)


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