Lady Huskies learn in scrimmages

Robert Smith
Alyssa Fanning, No. 5, a senior, takes a penalty kick for the Lady Huskies on Monday afternoon versus Miami. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

Pawhuska’s Lady Huskies soccer team lost a narrowly decided home scrimmage Monday to Miami, by a score of 1-0. It was a preseason match, so the outcome won’t count against the Lady Huskies’ 2019 season record. The only goal was the result of a misjudged, windblown ball, Coach Derral McBride said. It was a teaching opportunity.

“It was one of those fluke scores,” McBride said, chalking it up to inexperience. The Lady Huskies have played several preseason scrimmages so far, some of them against 6A teams like Ponca City and Bartlesville. Pawhuska lost 1-0 to Ponca City and 3-0 to Bartlesville, but defeated Mannford 2-0 and also won a match, 5-0, against Santa Fe South — a charter school in Oklahoma City.

“They played very well,” McBride said of his team’s effort Monday. The Lady Huskies had a little trouble holding their formation, but they’ve been learning a lot of new things on the fly, McBride explained. “Their spirits are up and I’m moving them around (to find the best fit for each player).”

Pawhuska will have just three seniors this season, and just four sophomores, but the Lady Huskies have a large junior contingent and lots of freshmen. Like other PHS sports teams this year, they’re young but enthusiastic.

The regular season is scheduled to begin March 7 on the road in a district match versus Tulsa Webster.