Another one-point loss. The Oak Harbor High School soccer team ended its season with a 4-3 loss in overtime to visiting Mountlake Terrace Tuesday, Oct. 24.
“It was a fitting end to our season,” coach Mike Lonborg said, lamenting the series of one-point losses his club suffered this fall.
The Wildcats ended the Wesco season with a 1-11 record (2-14 overall), and seven of those losses were by one point. Among the near misses were losses to the league’s top two teams, Snohomish and Stanwood.
“We were honestly competitive this year,” Lonborg said. “We were always one goal short.”
Though it doesn’t show in the win column, the Wildcats are improving, Lonborg said. Oak Harbor was outscored by 31 goals in league play in 2016; this year the deficit was 19.
Mountlake Terrace 4, Oak Harbor 3 (overtime)
The Wildcats scored a season high three goals, but it wasn’t enough.
After a scoreless first half, the two clubs exploded for seven goals. The Hawks (2-8-2, 3-10-2) hit the winner just 51 seconds into overtime on a short bloop shot that looped over the Oak Harbor keeper.
Although his team lost, Lonborg liked how his club played and its attitude throughout the frustrating season: “They are a good bunch of girls.”
“I played everybody tonight,” he added. “It was nice to get everyone in.”
Oak Harbor opened the scoring three minutes into the second half. Caylie Etherington’s shot was knocked down by the Terrace keeper, but Aidan Anderson was there to punch it in.
The Hawks tied the game seven minutes later.
Midway through the period, Etherington threaded a left-footed shot between a host of Mountlake Terrace defenders from 15 yards out to give Oak Harbor a 2-1 lead.
The Hawks responded by scoring two goals in a four minute span to take a 3-2 lead.
With 3:30 left in regulation, the Wildcats knotted the match. The scoring sequence started with a corner kick by Gracie Hiteshew that resulted in a header by Etherington that thumped off the cross bar. In a scramble in the goal mouth, Etherington got another attempt, and this time the senior didn’t miss.
Oak Harbor finished the season with 16 goals, 10 by Etherington.
It was Senior Night, and the Wildcats honored Etherington, Anderson, Lenika Aguilar, Jenna Cooley and Chantel Rector before the match.