Owatonna Tennis Sweeps; Soccer Teams Split
The Owatonna High School girls tennis team is off to a strong start on the season following a 7-0 victory at Mankato East Tuesday. The soccer clubs opened their seasons with a split of tight games against Rochester Century. The girls dropped a 2-1 decision in Rochester Tuesday. While the OHS boys prevailed 1-0 in their season and home opener at Lincoln Soccer Complex in Owatonna. All these teams, and more, will be back in action Thursday, September 4.
The Huskies girls soccer team fell behind Century 2-0 just before halftime as the Panthers scored back-to-back goals about five-and-a-half minutes apart. OHS drew within one in the third minute of the second half as Ari Shornock lobbed a shot just over the goal keepers reach from just outside the penalty box. Each team had numerous golden chances to add to their total but the 2-1 score stood up for Century.
The Huskies, Century, and Mankato West all tied for the Big Nine title in 2019. OHS hosts West Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Complex for their home opener. Fans are encouraged to attend, but to observe social distance guidelines. The match will also be available on OwatonnaLive.com.
The OHS boys topped Century 1-0 Tuesday on a second half goal from Ryan Gregory. The Huskies play West Scarlets Thursday at 7 pm at Caswell Soccer Complex in North Mankato at 7 pm. Action will be heard on AM 1390 KRFO and the free downloadable KRFO app.
Owatonna tied West 2-2 last season. The Scarlets went on to win the Section 2A title and play in the state tournament.
OHS tennis only dropped one set in their varsity sweep at Mankato East. The singles winners included Olivia Herzog (6-0, 6-1), Megan Johnson (6-1, 6-1), Alex Huemoeller (6-2, 6-3), and Olivia McDermott (6-1, 6-2). In doubles, the Huskies earned wins with Caitlynne Bussert/Cora Barrett (6-3, 6-0), Lauren Thamert/Klara Blacker (6-3, 3-6, 6-2), and Alivia Schuster/Emma Herzog (6-0, 6-3).
The Huskies host Austin Thursday, September 4 at 5:15. That is a change of the start time from the most recent schedule.