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M-P girls soccer season ends
The Lady Tomahawks ended their season on a sour note with a 3-1 road loss to winless Oak Harbor Thursday, Oct. 26.
The Wesco North defeat ended M-Ps season with a 4-10-2 record in league play and overall while Oak Harbor improved to 1-14-1.
Junior midfielder Nicolette Runyan scored the lone goal on an assist from classmate Melissa Lauer.
First-year coach Geoff Kittle said the teams inability to score first might have hurt them.
We started off the game putting a lot of pressure on goal, but we werent able to put one away first and early, he said.
Then they happened to get a quick goal in transition. Letting them score first in the game gave Oak Harbor the confidence they needed. We did a good job of responding when Melissa assisted Nicolette toward the end of the first half.
Kittle said the high number of close games might have taken its toll on his squad.
I think that we had been in so many close games this year and just experienced so much unfortunate luck that it manifested itself into frustrated play. It was not the way we wanted our seniors to go out this season, but I do think that our ladies put forth a lot of hard work and effort in the game.
At Oak Harbor H.S.
Goals M-P: Runyan. O.H.: McKole, Melcher, Silveira. Assists O.H. Melcher, McKole. Goalkeepers M-P: Peterson. O.H.: Roberts and Shulock.
Two goals total after 180 minutes of play. Talk about two Wesco North evenly matched soccer teams. The visiting Lady Eagles of 3A Arlington battled the Lady Tomahawks to a scoreless double overtime tie at Quil Ceda Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 24.
The rivals previous match-up at AHS resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie.
M-Ps record now stands at 4-9-2 in league play and overall.
M-P seniors Kristen Shalan, Leah King, Devin Leatherman, Brittany Hanson and Katie Fugate were honored with balloons and flowers in a brief pre-game ceremony.
The Lady Tomahawks tallied two first half goals, but both were negated by offside penalties.
Does he know what offside is? a frustrated M-P defender yelled to teammates within earshot.
First-year coach Geoff Kittle talked to the referee and two linesmen at halftime and appeared satisfied upon conferring with his squad.
Its part of the game that we cant control, Kittle said afterward.
The refs have the best angle on those calls. Its just the way it is.
Junior forward Hannah Wood threatened five minutes into the second half with a two on one, but her shot sailed wide of the goal.
Fugate received a yellow warning card halfway through the second half apparently for disagreeing with one of the referees calls.
Junior forward Melissa Lauer headed a ball that Leatherman nearly headed into the goal, but the athletic shot sailed just over the goals crossbar.
Wood threatened again with approximately 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but Arlington goalkeeper Jessica Welk came out to make a daring save.
Kittle gave props to Shalan, King and Hanson for their outstanding job of playing hard on the chilly night.
Devin did a great job of playing at the top also, Kittle said.
Junior midfielder Kassandra Riozzi, the daughter of JV coach Gary Riozzi, said her and her teammates held their own against their rivals.
They have been a weaker team in the past, and may be considered an underdog, Riozzi said. But you cant take them lightly anymore.
She is preparing for college visits to Ohio State University and Loyola Marymount.
Goalkeepers Arlington: Welk. M-P: Peterson.