Muskie girls nab bye to final


Shane Beckett’s team knew they had a reason to take the day off and a better reason not to.
The Muskie boys’ soccer coach was pleased to see his team take care of business yesterday in Kenora with two more wins to complete an undefeated NorWOSSA regular season in first place with a 6-0 record.
Fort High beat the Dryden Eagles 3-1 and then blanked the Kenora Broncos 4-0 after already having clinched top spot last week to ensure itself a bye to the NorWOSSA final here next Wednesday.
“I’m proud of the boys for not going into the games too relaxed because we already had the bye,” noted Beckett, whose squad is in good shape to win its fifth-straight league title after outscoring its rivals 21-2 during the six-game regular season.
“They might have played the best soccer I’ve seen them play this year,” he added.
“But they understand we still have work to do.”
Joey Angus, Max Williams, and Cam Lidkea put the Muskies up 3-0 against Dryden with the game only 30 minutes old.
The Eagles got a second-half marker on a long shot that eluded keeper Gavin Richardson.
With only an hour off between games, the Muskies actually had a stronger first half against Kenora.
David Pryde netted a pair of goals while Adam Stromberg had one.
The Broncos put another shot into their own net by accident to round out the scoring.
Richardson started in goal before giving way to Cole Kowalski to start the second half.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ soccer squad was fit to be tied yesterday—twice.
But a 1-1 draw with Dryden, followed by a scoreless battle against host Kenora, was enough to give Fort High (3-0-3) first place.
The Muskies also have a bye to the NorWOSSA final here next Wednesday and a shot at a possible second-straight title.
Jessica Baxter notched the Muskies’ only goal of the day.
The Eagles and Broncos will collide in both the girls’ and boys’ semi-finals next Wednesday, with the winners to face Fort High in their respective title games at 1 p.m.