OSCODA – The Oscoda soccer team played a close one with Alpena’s junior varsity team on Friday. The contest was tied at 2-2 at the half, but the visiting Wildcats netted the lone goal of the second half to keep the Lady Owls from getting their first win of the season.
“I believe this game is where we’ll see that the team is truly turning the corner,” head coach Christine Byrne said. “We had possession nearly 75-percent of the game. I was truly proud of the team this game. The position play was much improved, or passing game was more accurate, we looked like a team. There are no doubt some opportunities to improve individually and as a team and I will begin to address those with the team at practice. However, I am proud of the advances that have been made this week especially in this game.”
Martina Martucci and Jessica Montgomery had the goals for the Owls.
On Wednesday, Oscoda lost a game at Grayling, 4-2.
“This game for me showed me the girls are developing some great focus and perseverance,” Byrne said. “We arrived just before the start of the match due to some transportation issues. Instead of being flustered or thrown off, the girls buckled down, got a quick warm-up in and were ready to play. Grayling was a team that was, I felt, much closer to our overall talent level. The team gained some confidence in their abilities as the game progressed and it showed.”
Scoring goals in this one was Emma Przybylinksi and Alejandra Alverez-Benito.
On Tuesday, April 27 Oscoda came up short in a home contest against a talented Midland Calvary Baptist squad, 6-0.
“As disappointing as it is to be defeated, the team knew that during this game there were many takeaway that we would soon have a chance to discuss,” Byrne said. “Calvary was a good team and worked well together. The team saw that and this will help as the season continues.”
Oscoda (0-6 overall) hosted Tawas Area on Tuesday, stays at home to play Marine City Cardinal Mooney on Friday and plays at Tawas Area on Monday.