Outlaws suffer tough loss to Santiam Christian
Last updated 10/18/2022 at Noon
The Outlaws boys soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 loss at Santiam Christian on Thursday, October 13.
Sisters and Santiam Christian both came onto the field focused and ready to play, but seven minutes in the Outlaws had a breakdown in communication on defense, and the Eagles scored.
Coach Jeff Husmann told The Nugget his team didn’t panic, but settled into their style of play, and showed character and grit.
The Eagles boast a couple of very fast and crafty players, but the Outlaws’ defense made the necessary adjustments and neutralized their attack.
At the 28-minute mark Vincent Christian drove a low corner into the six-yard box, and Aidan Eckert flicked it into the net for the equalizer.
Just moments before the half, a questionable foul was called just outside the penalty box, and the Eagles scored.
At the half, the Outlaws trailed 1-2.
Sisters came out of the half and immediately controlled possession of the ball and created attacks.
The Outlaws were on the Eagles’ end of the pitch for the majority of the second half, and their energy was ramped up. They had a few chances to score right in front of the goal, but unfortunately just couldn’t finish.
Husmann said, “Soccer sure can be fickle, and this was just such a match. We won the battle but lost the war. Of course the boys were bummed, but when we look at the road into the playoffs, this will be a positive for us. We are excited to have the opportunity to play some tough teams.”
Junior Evan Martin and sophomore Micah Dachtler were standout players for the Outlaws.
Husmann said, “Evan is speedy and physical and did a great job as an outside midfielder. Micah studies the game and the various positions he plays for us. Early in the year he was playing as an outside midfielder, but now has evolved into a starter as an outside back. He is a reliable and intelligent player.”
Baylor Dyer was also mentioned for his outstanding game on defense. Dyer marked the Eagles’ striker, and matched his speed. Husmann told The Nugget that he is an athletic player who is a very integral part of the defensive unit.
Sisters was scheduled to play at La Pine on Monday, October 17. They will wrap up league play at home on Wednesday, October 19, against Central Linn, currently at the top of the league.