In their last string of home games for the season, the Osceola boys soccer team dropped two but picked up a much-needed win. They lost to Somerset on October 4 with a score of 0-1. On October 6, the Chieftains beat Altoona 5-2, but lost 0-4 to Spooner on October 9.
The Chieftains controlled the ball for much of the game against Somerset, showing discipline in making accurate passes and attacking the goal. However, despite their many shots, they failed to connect. Junior goalkeeper, Davin Lindh, allowed just one goal to sneak by him, but time ran out before Osceola could answer back.
On Thursday, the team celebrated parents’ night, as well as their seven seniors in the game against Altoona. Senior Sean Archibald, Osceola’s leading scorer, made it on the scoreboard with a penalty kick just over six minutes into the game. Senior Jack Baillargeon added to the point tally in the first half with a goal assisted by Houghton Jaeger.
Less than a minute into the second half, Archibald again launched the ball into the net, assisted by Cole Rossini. Kaleb Woodley, who leads the team in assists for the season, picked up a goal of his own, again assisted by Rossini. Archibald finished out the scoring with another penalty kick.
Freshman goalkeeper Charlie Olson, in his second varsity start, allowed just two goals, one on a penalty kick and another that just snuck by after he had initially slowed it down. Brady Johnson scored both goals for the Railroaders, as the Chieftains came away with the victory.
The team was unable to keep the momentum going in Saturday’s game against the undefeated Spooner Rails, who are currently 11-0-3 for the season. The Rails came out strong, with a goal by Kolton Frederickson just over three minutes into the game. They continued to attack the goal and Osceola could not match their speed. Landon Deneen and Exra Walt connected on goals for the Rails, and Osceola went into halftime trailing 0-3.
In the second half, Osceola allowed just one goal by Deneen, but they were unable to find the net with any of their own shots.
The Chieftains, who are now 6-9-2, finish out the regular season with games this week against St. Croix Falls/Unity and Menomonie before beginning play-off action.