Soccer: Wildcats play poorly, lose 6-0

As coach Jeff Laiblin said, the Oak Harbor High School girls soccer team picked the wrong night to play poorly was it fell to host Glacier Peak 6-0 Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The Grizzlies, labeled the favorite to win Wesco 3A in the preseason coaches’ poll, were “the best team we had seen in my two years: technically perfect, intelligent movement, very opportunistic, and as physical as the referee was going to let them play,” according to Laiblin.

The powerful Grizzlies (3-0-1) didn’t need any help, but Oak Harbor “picked the wrong night to forget everything that we had been doing right this year and played our worst game of the season,” Laiblin said.

The Wildcats, according to Laiblin, came out hesitant and afraid and never found their rhythm in the first half.

Coming out of halftime down 4-0, Oak Harbor finally “played like we were capable of playing,” Laiblin said, and held GP in check until the final eight minutes when the Wildcats conceded the first “quality goal” of the match.

“Clearly we can bring nothing less then our ‘A’ game from the start,” Laiblin said. “We didn’t and the score reflects that. We take from this game the knowledge of what happens when we don’t bring our best, and we now know what new level we must take our play to.”

Oak Harbor (1-3) takes on Lynnwood (0-4) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

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