Muskie girls rounding into form

Jamie Mountain

When you’re a team lacking an explosive offence, keeping games to low scores is vital to succeed.
Fortunately for the Muskie girls’ soccer team, they’ve done that–although it hasn’t translated into very many wins so far this season.
Head coach Sara Roach is pleased with how her young squad has competed and is hopeful the victories will start to come.
“Going into next week’s games, obviously we are hoping to win,” Roach said last week about the Muskies’ expectations for their final NorWOSSA regular-season showdowns against the Dryden Eagles and host Kenora Broncos today.
“The girls realize that we can’t win games unless we score, so that is going to be the goal this week.”
Low scores were the theme again in last Wednesday’s NorWOSSA action in Dryden.
The Muskies opened with a 1-0 loss to the host Eagles before earning their first win of the season with a 1-0 shutout of the Broncos.
Jamie Spencer netted the black-and-gold’s lone tally in that one.
“I was really happy with how they played,” Roach enthused.
“I think they out-possessed the other team in both games and they were all talking, which was good to see.”
Roach also lauded the play of her defensive line, saying they worked well with each other in both games.
“Jess Steele and Alina Eldridge have really stepped up,” she remarked.
“They work well together in the sweeper/stopper positions, and I can count on them to keep the defence line intact.
“They can see the entire field,” Roach added. “So they are always making sure the other players are where they need to be.”
Roach also was impressed with what she’s seen out of the first-year players.
“They have really stepped up, as well, as I have most of them in the starting lineup and have them playing in positions they weren’t in at the start of the season,” she noted.
“Jaida Norris started the season as defence but we played her as a striker during the two games [in Dryden],” Roach added.
“She created many scoring opportunities and the whole team’s energy changed.”
After today’s games in Kenora, the Muskies will host the NorWOSSA semi-finals and finals next Wednesday (May 30).
OFSAA then is slated for June 7-9 in Windsor.