Breanna Scheppler leaves a Mount Vernon player in her wake. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor opens season with two losses / Soccer

Off to a slow start, the Oak Harbor High School soccer team dropped a pair of home matches this week.

The Wildcats fell 2-0 to Squalicum Tuesday and 3-1 to Mount Vernon Thursday.

“We are making little, small mistakes,” coach Mike Lonborg said. “Fortunately, they are things we can fix. The potential is there; we have potential to do some damage in Wesco.”

Oak Harbor (0-2) heads to Anacortes (1-0-1) for a non-league match at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Squalicum 2, Oak Harbor 0

The Wildcats had trouble containing the fleet Storm, according to Lonborg.

“Squalicum was a good team — fast on the outside,” he said. “We had a hard time with their speed.”

Mount Vernon 3, Oak Harbor 1

Caylie Etherington scored for the Wildcats midway through the opening half, then the Bulldogs hit the equalizer just seconds before the break.

Mount Vernon took the lead 13 minutes into the second half after intercepting a pass that set up an easy goal.

The Bulldogs used good ball movement to put the match away with another score with 8:45 remaining.

Oak Harbor played without three starting defenders who were injured.

“We had a lot of moving pieces,” Lonborg said.

The highlight of the week was the play of freshman Cassie Stady.

“She has been really good,” Lonborg said. “Others have played decent, but Cassie stood out.”

Autumn Coker tangles with a Squalicum player Tuesday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Mikhaela Cortez races by a Squalicum player. (Photo by John Fisken)

Caylie Etherington scores for Oak Harbor Thursday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Cassie Stady controls the ball for Oak Harbor against Squalicum. (Photo by John Fisken)

Chloe Wallace looks to pass in Tuesday’s match. (Photo by John Fisken)

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