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Wildcats kick their way to two wins

"The Wildcat soccer team holds their own destiny for making the playoffs thanks to great defense and back-to-back wins this past week. On Tuesday the girls kicked Kamiak off the island, defeating them 4-0 behind a stifling defense that only allowed two shots on goal. Then the girls took it on the road for Thursday's game and shut out Marysville-Pilchuck-Pilchuck, 5-0. This definitely boosts our confidence going into our last three games, said coach Guy Barber. Oak Harbor (4-2-1, 9-2-1) did all of their scoring against Marysville-Pilchuck (2-6, 5-7-1) in the first half. The Wildcats were lead by Brooke Severns, who knocked in two goals. One reason for Severns success, according to Barber, is that she is now using both her feet and is in the games. Katy Nydam, Jenny White and Theresa Black all added a goal of their own to round out the scoring. Only one of the goals were needed because of the play of the Wildcats' defense. Our goalies had a great game, said Barber. We are getting good midfield play and good defensive play. Against Kamiak the Wildcats' also had a tremendous effort on defense behind great net-minding by Abby Busic and Tina Nicholas.My keepers only touched the ball five times, said Barber. There were only two shots on goal.Oak Harbors' scoring was more broad Tuesday, with four different girls - Molly Bull, Jamie Armstrong, Gretyl Pruss and Severns - scoring a goal each. We have changed our thinking on how we are keeping the field spread, said Barber. Before, we had shots on goal and we just couldn't find the back of the net. We are utilizing the whole field. Barber also cited the play of his two captains, Nikki Gamble and Kristin Harvey, for the recent success of the team. Despite the great week, Barber thinks that the team will have to win the rest of their games to make the playoffs. It can be done, said the teams' optimistic coach, adding that all the games are winnable if the girls continue to play well. With two of their last three games at home, including their next contest against Shorecrest on Tuesday, Oak Harbor may have the momentum and the home field advantage. It was an outstanding couple of games for my defense. said Barber. "

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