Girls’ squad seeking ninth title in 10 years

Can’t we just call them “The Incredibles?”
After another successful tournament last weekend in Dryden, in which the Muskie girls’ soccer team outscored their opponents 12-0 over three games, such a statement should be warranted.
Heading back to Fort Frances on Saturday afternoon after a flawless 4-0 victory over the Rainy River Owls in fall-like weather conditions, the team decided to press play to the Pixar Entertainment blockbuster, “The Incredibles,” and lent an ear to scenes such as this:
Lucius Best: “Honey? Where’s my super suit?”
Honey Best: “What?”
Lucius: “Where—is—my—super—suit?”
Honey: “I, uh, put it away.”
Lucius: “Where?”
Honey: “Why do you need to know?”
[Helicopter explodes outside]
Lucius: “I need it!”
[Lucius rummages through another room in his condo]
Honey: “Uh-uh! Don’t you think about running off doing no derrin’-do. We’ve been planning this dinner for two months!”
Lucius: “The public is in danger!”
Honey: “My evening’s in danger!”
Lucius: “You tell me where my suit is, woman! We are talking about the greater good!”
Honey: “Greater good? I am your wife! I’m the greatest good you are ever gonna get!”
Ever since the Muskies donned their “black-and-gold super-suit,” they have been unstoppable.
They’ve left no question they are the cream of the crop in NorWOSSA and will be looking to prove that today in Kenora, where they will be gunning for their ninth league crown in the past 10 years.
After last weekend’s results in Dryden, the Muskies look well on their way to do doing just that.
“Their confidence is definitely up, but we talk to them about not getting too confident and getting lazy, and not to think like you expect to win,” said assistant coach Char Bliss.
The Muskies opened action Friday morning against the host Eagles with a 3-0 victory on goals by Kate Basaraba, Rebecca Cornell, and Hannah Firth.
The black-and-gold then cruised to a 5-0 win over the Kenora Broncos that afternoon. Cornell led the way with a pair of goals while Erin Kaemingh, Jolene Veldhuisen, and Basaraba added singles.
“They played very well,” said Bliss. “I think their skill level is higher than any other teams that they played and you can see that on the field.”
That was evident in their final game played Saturday morning against the Rainy River Owls in weather conditions that brought out the winter gloves rather than the UV sun block.
“Don’t you just feel tough?” Kristen Roehrig asked before the opening whistle.
But Roehrig and the rest of her defensive counterparts got cold in a hurry as they essentially remained inactive during a match that saw the ball remain almost entirely in the Owls’ zone.
Basaraba would find the back of the net 10 minutes into the game. A nice feed from Cornell left her on her own in the 18-yard box—with only the Owls’ keeper as the last line of defence.
And Basaraba made no mistake on a play that actually started from the crisp passing of Katie McTavish and Natalie Desjardins, who did well in keeping the ball in play from the sidelines to then find Cornell in the midfield.
A short time later, Basaraba once again would break through the Owls’ defence that found themselves playing too far up to make the score 2-0.
The scoreboard should have read 3-0 at halftime, but a Brittany Galusha goal was disallowed when the Owls’ keeper stumbled in the box after fumbling the ball that was knocked loose by a streaking Cornell.
Both players fell and Galusha played the part of Oscar the Grouch to put away the garbage.
“From what we saw, it looked like a legit goal, but it’s hard to see from our end,” said Bliss.
“Apparently someone [Cornell] had hit the goalie accidentally and hit the side of her ear, and so she had a loud ringing in her head,” Bliss added.
But what was confusing was the referee gave the Muskies a free kick outside of the 18-yard box, which pretty much stated: “You’re argument is half right.”
“It was hard to see, but if that really did happen, then we shouldn’t have got the free kick,” reasoned Bliss.
Galusha would get her goal in the second half, then Desjardins iced the 4-0 victory over the Owls, who had some players with blue paint streaked across their faces that made them appear more like characters from “Braveheart” than soccer players.
“Rainy River didn’t do too bad. Comparative of how we played against Dryden or Kenora, I wouldn’t say they were too far behind those two teams,” Bliss said.
Today in Kenora, the Muskies will be looking to maintain what they’ve been doing in a season that is only three weeks old—donning their “black-and-gold-super-suit” to stay ahead.
Elastigirl: “I’m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.”

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