Lady Huskies battle to turn season around

Robert Smith
The 2019 Lady Huskies soccer team. Left to Right: Leigha Easley, Karlie Long, Bailey Henley, Lea McCann, Kaylee Kinsey, Alyssa Reynolds, Kaiti Moen, Shelby Laird, Gabby Moen, Adelaide Lott, Alyssa Fanning, Jordan Nelson, Madison Quinton, Jaiden Crawford, Kaylor Cheves, NaVaeh Taylor, Abigail Easley, Landon McCartney, Kaitlyn Adkins, and Arianna Soliano. Photo by Sharon Holloway, Pawhuska High School

The Pawhuska High School Lady Huskies soccer team headed into a home match Tuesday at 5 p.m. versus Claremore Sequoyah trying to turn things around.

The Lady Huskies endured hard losses last week in home matches against Grove and Oologah-Talala. Grove was 8-1 and Oologah-Talala was 6-3 going into this Tuesday. Pawhuska lost 5-0 to Grove at Ormond Beach Memorial Stadium last Thursday and 4-0 to Oologah-Talala on Friday.

Pawhuska coach Derral McBride said he gave his team a pep talk about turning the season around and about showing their Huskie pride.

“I told the girls we will turn the season around, and we lost the game but we showed our Huskie pride and we do not quit,” McBride said after the loss to Oologah-Talala.

He said Pawhuska got off to a slow start Friday, giving up three goals to Oologah-Talala in the first half. During the second half, PHS picked up its intensity and had about five shots on goal but did not score. McBride said that, despite the struggles, he saw good play from forward Katie Moen and goaltender Addie Lott.

“I am proud of how they played and never gave up,” he said.

Against Grove, penalty kicks put the Lady Huskies down 2-0 at the half. Defender Alyssa Fanning worked hard to overcome an early injury and continued to participate in the game. In the second half, Pawhuska gave up three additional goals — with 29:28 left on the clock; with 20:28 left; and with 11:16 left.

Shelby Laird provided aggressive play and a lot of strong kicks down the field. Despite occasionally promising play from their forwards, the Lady Huskies were unable to convert any opportunities into scores.

The Lady Huskies also have a game scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at home against Commerce.