Defensive breakdowns costly for 'Cats | Soccer

Two defensive lapses were costly for the Oak Harbor High School soccer team as it dropped its season opener 4-0 to Shorecrest at Shoreline Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Coach Jeff Laiblin said the Wildcats held their own defensively for the majority of the contest, but a pair of four-minute stretches that included several defensive mistakes led to the loss.

Laiblin said that at the 25-minute mark of the first half "we made the first of two really bad errors and gave up two goals in a four-minute span."

The scored remained 2-0 until the 71st minute, then, according to Laiblin, "We began to show fatigue and again made two errors that resulted in two more goals."

Offensively, the Wildcats failed to generate many chances. Laiblin said, "We will have to get better with our ball control and speed of play or scoring will continue to be a difficulty."

He added, "We have our work cut out for us, but the players are ready to get to work to fix these mistakes."

"On the positive side," Laiblin said, "we did see several promising lineup possibilities that we can work on...and the mistakes we made can be easily fixed."

Goalie Anne Leete and midfielder Nalani Gabbert "had the strongest games throughout the night," Laiblin said.

Oak Harbor meets Glacier Peak Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Wildcat Memorial Stadium in the home opener.

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