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PHS boys soccer

Hey Warriors fans, today is Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Soccer can be a funny game. Sometimes, the ball just doesn’t bounce your way and players get frustrated because they can’t finish. Other times, an inferior opponent comes up with a lucky goal and might even benefit from an “own goal” from the other team.

Sweet Home’s boys and girls soccer teams will probably need those types of scenarios to remain competitive with Philomath in today’s matches.

Philomath’s boys (5-4 overall, 4-3 Oregon West) will try to shake off those back-to-back shutout losses to Woodburn and Stayton with a strong effort against Sweet Home. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the PHS soccer field.

The Warriors beat the Huskies, 8-0, in their first meeting on Sept. 12. Let’s face it — Sweet Home is just not having a very good season. The Huskies are winless at 0-9 overall, 0-7 in the conference. The team has scored just one goal all season — that coming in the opener at Elmira. Since then, Sweet Home has been outscored 88-0 in eight games, and yes, that’s an average of 11 goals allowed per game over that stretch.

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The girls (5-2-2 overall, 5-0-2 Oregon West) will be on the road with a match under the lights at 6:30 p.m. The Warriors beat Sweet Home 5-0 the first time around. The Huskies (2-5-2, 2-4-1) have posted league wins over Cascade and Newport but hasn’t fared well against the tougher opponents.

The girls will have the tougher of the two matches although a Philomath sweep seems likely. But games aren’t decided on paper with the human element always playing a major role. That’s why they put on the uniforms and battle for 80 minutes.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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