Muskie girls set to host NWOSSAA

The Muskies girls’ soccer team is getting set to host the NWOSSAA playoffs this Saturday after winning the NorWOSSA crown last Thursday in Kenora.
The girls, who only had played four competitive games going into the two-day NorWOSSA showdown, also were missing coach Struchan Gilson for the tournament.
But that became an advantage for them, said Caroline Spencer, who acted as coach at NorWOSSA.
“They did miss him,” she said. “We were playing for him. It was actually a really good coaching point. ‘What would ‘G’ say?’”
The girls romped to a 9-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora) in the final after the Saints had upset the Kenora Broncos in the semi-finals earlier Thursday.
Gilson was expected to be back at the helm yesterday in plenty of time for the NWOSSAA tournament here Saturday—the winner of which advances to the all-Ontarios.
“It was nice to get the trophy back after last year’s upset,” said Spencer. “We didn’t even know who we were playing until we got to the field.”
The most difficult game for the team, Spencer said, was their semi-final match against Dryden.
It marked the second time during the NorWOSSA tournament they played the Eagles. But after blanking them 4-0 in pool play on Wednesday, Dryden came out and scored the first goal in Thursday’s semi-final.
“We’re so used to playing with a lead,” said Spencer. “The first day we played Kenora [Broncos] and Dryden and it went really well. We completely controlled the play.”
But the Muskies came out hard in the second half and won 4-1 to advance to the final.
The black-and-gold had defeated the Kenora Broncos 3-0 on Wednesday.
Kate Basaraba led the team at NorWOSSA with 10 goals in four games, including three in the final and all four in the Muskies’ win over Dryden in pool play.
She was named the MVP for girls’ soccer at the athletic awards banquet last night.
Miranda Miller and Hilary Morgan each scored twice in the final against St. Thomas Aquinas as well both as singles in the semi-final win over Dryden. Wilson and Basaraba had the other two goals.
Other Muskie scorers in the final were Ashley Wilson (her second of the tournament) and Amanda Allan.
Basaraba scored two against the Kenora Broncos, with Michelle Cornoyer adding the third.
Now the team is preparing for NWOSSAA, though the two teams they will face here Saturday (from Thunder Bay and the North Shore of Superior) have not been decided yet.
“I think we’ve got a fairly decent shot,” said Spencer, especially since they are playing on their home field. “It’s a huge advantage. Not having to travel on the bus for hours.”
Many parents drove down to Kenora to watch the team play, she added, and they’re hoping for a great crowd here Saturday.