Friday, November 21, 2014

Muskies unbeaten in openers

There were unconfirmed reports of ducks and polar bears trying to hitchhike out of town yesterday.
But in the cold rain of not-so-early May, the Muskie soccer teams were the hottest ones going.

Both squads sit in first place after opening the NorWOSSA regular season with strong performances against the visiting Kenora Broncos and Dryden Eagles.
The three-time defending champion Muskie boys scored identical 3-0 victories over the Broncos and Eagles to sit at 2-0.
Dryden is in second place after splitting its games yesterday while Kenora went winless to sit in third.
Connor Bujold opened the scoring against Kenora late in the first half before Max Williams (penalty kick) and Isaac Firth tacked on insurance markers in the second half.
Then in their afternoon contest versus Dryden, played in increasingly miserable conditions, Williams got the ball rolling in the 37th minute by intercepting keeper Brady Desserre’s clearing attempt and ripped a shot to the far side of the net.
That goal seemed to take the fight out of the Eagles as Tyler Ruppenstein and Williams again (penalty kick) tallied before the second half was 10 minutes old.
A stifling Muskie defence and keeper Cole Tymkin took care of the rest, with Tymkin posting back-to-back shutouts.
Dryden blanked Kenora 3-0 in the other boys’ game of the day.
In girls’ action, Fort High (1-0-1) showed grit in fighting back with a late goal by Angela Cole for a 1-1 tie against Kenora (0-0-2) yesterday morning.
Hannah Rose’s marker against Muskie starter Amy Penner in the first half gave the defending NorWOSSA champs the lead.
But with Rose forced out of the game due to injury, the Muskies capitalized on the Broncos’ scrambly defence, with Cole hammering a shot home for the equalizer with less than 10 minutes to go.
Fort High then upped its game in the afternoon with a 2-0 win over Dryden (0-1-1).
Muskie keeper Elizabeth Allan came up with a clutch penalty-kick save six minutes into the game, and her team rewarded her in the 12th minute when Claire Hyatt converted on a penalty kick with a top-shelf laser.
Maggie Jean provided some extra cushion early in the second half when she cashed in on a Janelle Kaemingh pass near the Eagles’ net.
Allan earned the shutout for Fort High, who lost defender Abbi Perreault to an apparent ankle injury in the first half.
The Muskies next travel to Kenora tomorrow for games against the Eagles and host Broncos.

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