The Osceola Chieftain soccer team went on the road last Saturday to challenge the Menomonie Mustangs in a non-conference matchup. Osceola went into the game having played some pretty solid soccer so far this season but was still in search of their first win having lost their first three games.
Osceola came close, oh so close, to putting the game against Menomonie into the win column. Still leading 2-1 with a minute to play the Mustangs notched the tying goal to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Chieftains.
Osceola scored first at the 21’ mark of the game when Sean Archibald found the back of the Menomonie goal. “I got the ball at the left corner of the 18 and I faked two people with a move and then I dribbled passed two more and put it in the left corner,” Archibald said in describing his goal.
Menomonie scored early in the second half to knot the game at a goal apiece but then Archibald untied it. “In the 62nd minute I got the ball in the middle of their half and faked their first defender then four surrounded me,” Archibald began in describing his go-ahead goal. “I flicked the ball through them to put me in a one-on-one with the goalie and I kicked the ball through his legs to put us in the lead.”
Osceola held the lead for the next 36 minutes but a determined Menomonie squad came up with the equalizer in the last minute of play.
”The boys did well this game passing and possessing the ball,” head coach Jonathan Archibald said. “Nolan Claassen made some great saves at goalkeeper while Hans Huebsch stifled many of Menomonie’s attacks at defense. Sophomore Kaleb Woodley was impressive defending and attacking in his first start. Man of the match was Sean Archibald. He had a 20+ yard shot through traffic and a breakaway goal.”
Osceola opened their week with a Middle Border conference game