The St. Croix Central Panthers joined the Middle Border conference for soccer this season. Not surprising, they are finding things in the new conference a little intimidating. They finished the season with a 0-10 record but came close to getting a ‘W’ a few times during their inaugural season in the MBC. One thing can be sure for the Panthers is that they saw enough of Osceola’s number 7, Sean Archibald, to last a lifetime,
The first time Osceola and SCC met the Chieftains carried a narrow 3-1 lead into intermission before OHS filled the nets in the second half and came away with an 8-3 win. Archibald scored all eight goals for Osceola in that game which tied a State record for goals in a game. Fast forward to last week when the Panthers visited Osceola for a return match and once again it was close at halftime with the Chieftains clinging to a 1-0 lead. Once again Osceola got hot in the second half pouring in four goals to win it 5-0. Once again Archibald scored all five Chieftain goals in the game making it a total of 13 against St. Croix Central for the year. Davin Lindh stopped all four shots that came at him as the keeper for Osceola in a complete Chieftain victory.
“The Osceola soccer team was ready,” Osceola junior Houghton Jaegar said. “We discussed before the game a mentality; that to win we must believe we can, and regardless of the score, play at 100 percent effort, mentally and physically. Our team was at its best in weeks, after finally having all our players healthy. A coordinated effort on offense and defense led to the 5-0 win against SCC.”
Two nights before their win against SCC Osceola traveled to Baldwin to take on the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks. After a scoreless first half both teams netted a pair of goals after the break to end in a 2-2- stalemate. Archibald netted one of the Chieftain goals and Jack Bailargeon got the other. Cole Klein and Cole Rossini both tallied assists for Osceola.
Osceola began their week with a home game against the Somerset Spartans. Somerset roared to a 6-0 lead by halftime. Things settled down for the Chieftains after the break with each team scoring a goal. Archibald netted the Chieftain goal with Klein getting the assist.
Osceola earned the four seed for the upcoming Regional tournament and will began play against the fifth seeded Amery Warriors. The game was played on Oct. 20. The winner of that game will travel to Rice Lake to take on the top seeded Warriors on Oct. 24.