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Defensive lapses haunt Oak Harbor | Soccer

The Oak Harbor High School soccer team played well for 73 minutes at Marysville Getchell Thursday, Oct. 20, but the other seven minutes spelled doom in the 5-0 loss.

The Wildcats held the Chargers (2-8-3) scoreless for 28 minutes then gave up three goals in five minutes.

In the second half, Getchell added two more goals in a two-minute span.

Wildcat coach Jeff Laiblin said, "To be successful, we must be perfect against our opponents. We cannot afford any errors. During that five-minute stretch we had three horrible marking mistakes, leaving players open in the middle for easy conversions. How and why is a mystery to why the breakdowns happened. The effort was there by the team all night, but for seven minutes we executed poorly."

He added, "Our top performer was freshman Nalani Gabbert, and a purple heart goes out to Mckenzie Schneider, who, despite severe shin splint pain, played well."

Oak Harbor (0-11-3) goes to Shorewood (5-7-2) Monday, Oct. 24, and then finishes the season at home with Everett (13-0-1) Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

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