There were three games scheduled last week in what seemed like a busy week for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team. The first game of the week was postponed as a result of waiting for results from a test for Covid-19. The scheduled game with Altoona was cancelled as their school has been shut down for a couple of weeks. Osceola did get one game in during the week as they hosted the current top team in the Middle Border conference, the New Richmond Tigers. After a solid first part of the game New Richmond connected late in the first half and eventually came away with an 8-0 win.
New Richmond’s Michael Benedict scored six minutes and 46 seconds into the game to give the Tigers an early lead. The next 30 minutes were close as neither team could find the opposing net as the score remained 1-0. The Tigers turned up the heat in the final seven minutes of the opening half scoring five times with four more goals by Benedict and one by Joe Casey making the halftime score 6-0.
“They scored a quick goal but then the game was pretty even for thirty minutes,” Osceola Coach Jonathan Archibald noted. “But then we fell apart and let five goals in the last 10 minutes of the half.”
Despite New Richmond’s onslaught late in the first half Osceola came out ready for a solid second half. Casey netted his second goal of the game 10 minutes after intermission and tallied again 14 minutes later to complete his hat trick. Neither team was able to score the last 19 minutes of the contest.
“The boys came back out the second half with their heads high,” Archibald said. “We only conceded a couple goals and had a couple shots on goal as well. Take out 10 minutes of the game and we did alright. We took advantage of the score line and got players minutes that usually don’t play as much.”
Osceola will complete Middle Border conference play this week with games against Somerset, Baldwin-Woodville and St. Croix Central. The game with SCC will be in Osceola on Oct. 15th.
“Looking forward to this week with our last three conference games of the season,” Archibald said. “Hoping to end the season strong and have at least a .500 record for the year.”
Although a chance at the MBC title is gone Osceola still is in a position to potentially improve their placement for the upcoming WIAA Regional.
“If we keep our head in the game and come into our games head on with the thought of winning we’ll power through,” Osceola junior Kiefer Ascheman said.