Soccer: OHHS suffers frustrating loss to Stanwood

The Oak Harbor boys soccer team suffered through a frustrating 5-0 loss to Stanwood at Wildcat Memorial Stadium Thursday, March 18.

Although Oak Harbor dominated play in the first half, the Wildcats found themselves down 2-0 at the break. In the second half things things only got worse as the Wildcats lost two of their top players, Greg Wolfe (ankle) and Clay Mosolino (knee), to injuries. As of press time, it was not clear on how long the two would be missing.

Assistant coach Jeff Laiblin, handling the coaching duties in the absence of head coach Brian Thompson, said, “We dominated all aspects of the game.  If you looked at the halftime stats you never would have guessed we would be trailing 0-2.  They took advantage of the few opportunities we gave them.  Very frustrating because we controlled the half start to finish.  Stanwood has a fantastic goalkeeper (Dalton Alumbaugh), and he kept them in the game.”

Laiblin said the Wildcats went into the locker room believing they could get back in the match the second half. He said, “They had no answer for Greg Wolfe and we believed we would eventually have scored.  We came out in the second half and continued to play at our pace.”

However, first Mosolino, then two minutes later, Wolfe went down with injuries, and Oak Harbor lost momentum.

Laiblin praised the officiating, but said two disputed calls also thwarted Oak Harbor's comeback attempt.

Laiblin said, “We leave the game knowing that when we play, we can play with anyone.  Now we need to regain our confidence and get ready for Everett Saturday (there March 20 at 1 p.m.).”

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