The Oak Harbor defense fights to turn back a Meadowdale attack Monday night.	(Photo by John Fisken)

The Oak Harbor defense fights to turn back a Meadowdale attack Monday night. (Photo by John Fisken)

League leaders top Oak Harbor / Soccer

First-place Meadowdale stayed atop the Western Conference with a 10-1 win over the Oak Harbor High School soccer team Monday, April 8, at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

“We had to avoid errors in the defensive third to be competitive against Meadowdale; unfortunately, that did not happen,” Oak Harbor coach Jeff Laiblin said. “We started really strong and for the first 10 minutes we held our own. Then things came undone.”

Of the Mavericks’ 10 goals, Laiblin labeled only three as “quality.” The others came from Oak Harbor mistakes, including an own goal.

“We were our worst enemy at a time when we needed to be perfect,” he said.

The Wildcats scored on Alberto Hernandez’s corner kick.

“We have to focus on a better defensive performance, combined with 100 percent effort for 80 minutes,” Laiblin said. “I believe that as we get more players back, our team defensive effort will get better and we will have a positive performance against (Stanwood).”

Oak Harbor (0-9, 0-11) hosts Stanwood (2-6-1, 3-7-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

Ridgely Briddell takes a goal kick for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Ridgely Briddell takes a goal kick for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Maxwell Brighton pushes the ball forward.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Maxwell Brighton pushes the ball forward. (Photo by John Fisken)

Alberto Hernandez advances the ball for the Wildcats. Hernandez scored in the match for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Alberto Hernandez advances the ball for the Wildcats. Hernandez scored in the match for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Julian Hinkle blasts a kick for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Julian Hinkle blasts a kick for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Alexander Johnston (4) races up the field with Meadowdale’s Jacob Sessler (8).	(Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Alexander Johnston (4) races up the field with Meadowdale’s Jacob Sessler (8). (Photo by John Fisken)

Kanoa King (2) battles for possession with Meadowdale’s Juan Alvarez (14).	(Photo by John Fisken)

Kanoa King (2) battles for possession with Meadowdale’s Juan Alvarez (14). (Photo by John Fisken)

Ethan Snell redirects the ball for the Wildcats.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Ethan Snell redirects the ball for the Wildcats. (Photo by John Fisken)

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