Unable to muster an upset of Arlington for the second time in a week, the Oak Harbor High School soccer team was eliminated from the postseason with a 4-1 loss to the host Eagles Thursday, Oct. 31.
The match was the first playoff game for the Wildcats since 2003.
Oak Harbor pushed its way into the district play-in round by upsetting Arlington 2-1 last week, earning the 10th and final playoff berth.
Just by coincidence, the two teams squared off in the first round of the tournament, and the seventh-seeded Eagles (10-7) broke open a close contest with three second-half goals.
“Tiny mistakes cost us,” coach Mike Lonborg said. “The girls worked hard all year and competed every step of the way.”
Natalie Plush tallied for Oak Harbor off a penalty kick.
The loss ended the season for the Wildcats, who finished 6-11-1.
Injuries kept the lineup in flux and the Wildcats were hurt by inconsistent play. Six of their losses were by one goal, including to three of the league’s top five teams.