Muskie girls 7th at Challenge Cup

Jamie Mountain

Goals have been hard to come by so far this season for the Muskie girls’ soccer team–a theme that continued to plague them over the weekend at the Broncos Challenge Cup tournament in Kenora.
The black-and-gold only bulged the twine once ahead of Saturday’s seventh-place game, a 1-0 shutout victory over Crocus Plains.
But head coach Sara Roach still was pleased with how her squad has battled despite the lack of offence, and is confident in them ahead of their NorWOSSA regular-season games today against the Kenora Broncos and host Dryden Eagles.
“The girls played well,” Roach said of the team’s play at the tourney. “They transition well from goal all the way up to midfield.
“I think at this point, it is a confidence issue and knowing when to carry the ball or pass it once we are in [the] attacking third of the field,” she remarked.
What areas were the Muskies going to focus on in practice ahead of today’s matches?
“We will be working a lot with shooting and working under pressure,” noted Roach.
As for the tournament, the Muskies opened play Friday with a 4-0 loss to Miles Mac.
Then against Dryden later that day, the black-and-gold fared much better but came up just short with a 2-1 defeat.
Saturday’s action saw Fort High get blanked 1-0 by the host Broncos in the consolation semi-final, which then put them into the seventh-place game against Crocus Plains.
“We had two goals in four games–one from Pasquel Shortreed and the other from Janissa Judson,” Roach recalled.
“There were some injuries, as well, that we are hoping will be good to go for the games [today].”
A lack of offence also was a major factor for the Muskies in their NorWOSSA regular-season opening games here last Wednesday.
The squad started the day with a 2-0 loss to the Broncos before suffering a 3-1 defeat to the Eagles that afternoon.
Shortreed netted Fort High’s lone marker in the second half.
In the game against Kenora, the two goals were scored in the first 15-20 minutes of the game, noted Roach.
“We switched up the structure of the defence line, and then the girls had possession of the ball I would say 80 percent of the time,” she recalled.
“The girls played really well, passes were good, communication was good,” Roach added.
“Unfortunately, they just could not get the ball in the back of the net.”
After today’s games in Dryden, the Muskies return to action next Wednesday (May 23) when they conclude the regular season in Kenora against the host Broncos and Eagles.
Fort High then will host the NorWOSSA semi-finals and finals on May 30, with OFSAA slated for June 7-9 in Windsor.