On paper the start of the season for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team would be a challenge. Osceola returned just one senior, Hahns Huebsch, who played on the 2018 Chieftain team. Last season Osceola started play with just 12 players with four of them now graduated. The Chieftains have built their roster around the eight returning players and now have a total of 22 athletes in the mix. Osceola also has a new coaching staff led by first year coach Jonathan Archibald.
With all the change going on it will take a few weeks for the dust to settle for the soccer team. Things are starting to stabilize for Osceola and it appears that the Chieftains will be improved in 2019. Osceola started their Middle Border conference season last week against the Barron Bears and came out on the short end of a 6-1 score.
Although Osceola lost by five goals they played very well once they got their feet on the ground. Barron got out to a quick start with goals by Awalow Bundid at 2:08 and Nuradin Ahmed just one minute, 41 seconds later. Carson Kurtz upped the Barron lead to 3-0 with a goal at 15:40. The scored stayed at 3-0 until after intermission. Not only did the Chieftains battle a talented Bears’ team but also was on the wrong side of a very strong wind in the first half.
Kurtz got his second goal of the game early in the second half to build the Barron lead to 4-0. Then there was a flurry of action around both nets. Bundid got his second goal of the game at 60:01 but Osceola responded with a goal by Sean Archibald 55 seconds later to make the score 5-1. Kurtz then netted his third goal of the game less than two minutes after the Archibald goal to make the final score 6-1.
Osceola traveled to Baldwin to take on the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks to complete their week. The Chieftains played well but fell by a 2-1 score.
“It was a pretty disappointing loss,” Huesbsch said. “Even though we’ve lost to Baldwin by much larger margins in the past, we definitely had it in us to win that game. We face them again in October, however, and I think that will give us time to improve the things that need work, and a win should be in the cards for us at that point.”
Osceola will attempt to put a win up on the board this week. The Chieftains will host Cumberland on Sept. 5 before traveling to Menomonie for a non-conference game on Sept. 7.