The Osceola Chieftain soccer team saw a little of everything during their three games last week. Osceola began the week with a hard earned tie against a talented Somerset Spartan team. The Chieftains then traveled to Barron where they fell to the number seven rated D-4 team in the state. OHS wrapped up action with a long road trip to Altoona where they fought the Rails and the elements and came home with a satisfying win.
The first time Osceola played Somerset on the Spartans home field things did not go so well. Somerset scored four goals in each half and defeated the Chieftains 8-1. This time it was a different team that the Spartans faced. Osceola and Somerset played to a scoreless tie in an exciting Middle Border conference matchup.
“The boys played great holding Somerset to a 0-0 tie,” Osceola coach Jonathan Archibald said. “Senior goalkeeper Nolan Claassen made an amazing save on a penalty kick in the 80th minute ensuring his second shutout of the season. The Chiefs had many chances to score in this one but couldn't find the back of the net.”
One chance occurred in the 87th minute when Sean Archibald’s shot banged against the cross bar before falling harmlessly to the turf.
Next up for Osceola was a trip to Barron to face the Bears. Barron is not a soft touch on any field as they have compiled a 10-1-3 record to date.
“They are a strong team,” Jonathan Archibald said. “Although we managed to hit the woodwork a few times on shots the boys were unable to put one in the net.”
Barron turned the Chiefs away by a score of 6-0.
Osceola finished their week with a return match against the Altoona Rails whom they had defeated in Osceola by a score of 3-0. The first half was very difficult not only facing Altoona but a strong wind was in the faces of the Chieftains. The Chieftains struck first at the 17 minute mark of the game.
“Trey Boissy made a great finish on a cross sent in by Sean Archibald,” Jonathan Archibald said.
Despite several chances by both teams the score stayed at 1-0 into intermission. In the second half Osceola had the wind at their backs and it paid huge dividends. At the 47’ mark the Chieftains doubled their lead on a goal by Sean Archibald, assisted by Boissy. Three minutes later Cole Klein set up Archibald for a header of his corner kick. Archibald scored on a penalty kick at 54’ with Altoona answering with a successful penalty kick at 66’.
“With 15 minutes left and Altoona pressing hard I substituted the starters back on the field,” coach Archibald said. “In the 79th minute Sean Archibald dribbled through a few opponents and made a good slotted shot for his fourth goal of the day. All the boys played hard and are really starting to learn how to play as a team.”
Sean Archibald has been an offensive weapon all season long for Osceola and now has 20 goals and three assists for the season.
Osceola plays at Cumberland on Oct. 17 and opens WIAA Regional play at Amery on Oct. 24. Amery earned the 4-seed for Regionals while Osceola is the 5-seed.