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Somerset girls soccer teams keeps working toward solutions

Somerset girls soccer coach Erin Wilson (left) huddles with Laura Wells (10) and Cassie Schmidt during halftime of a recent Spartan game.

Putting the first half of the Middle Border Conference season behind them is the new goal for the Somerset girls soccer team.

The Spartans went 0-7-1 in the first round of MBC play, but they believe they are ready to show significant improvement in the second half of the MBC season.

The final game of the first round of MBC games showed the Spartans are close to being competitive with all the conference opponents. The Spartans and Osceola battled to a scoreless draw for 65 minutes, before Osceola scored the only goal in a 1-0 Chieftain victory.

Osceola's Stacey Wherley scored the only goal. Somerset had marked her with senior defender Paige Wagner, but Wherley was able to get free on a breakaway.

"She's outrageously fast," Somerset coach Erin Wilson said of Wherley. "What we were doing was working. Osceola got one opportunity and they capitalized."

Wilson said the Spartans were able to get a sufficient number of scoring chances to play evenly with the Chieftains. She said the offensive and defensive efforts shown against Osceola are a harbinger of better days.

"We're not a team anybody can look past," Wilson said.

Last Tuesday the Spartans lost at Spooner 5-2. This game included a bad start that the Spartans couldn't overcome. Eighteen minutes into the game, the Spartans got a double-whammy, giving up a goal and getting a red card at the same time. That meant the Spartans had to play one girl short for the rest of the game.

The Spartans trailed 3-0 at halftime, but they put together a better second half. They were able to match Spooner's two goals despite missing the one player.

Cassie Schmidt scored the first Spartan goal, gaining control of the ball within a scramble in front of the net and quickly getting off her shot. Senior Lisa O'Connor scored the second goal, converting a nice pass for a score.

The Spartans will play on the road this Thursday, competing at Baldwin-Woodville. The Spartans return home Tuesday to face another squadron of Spartans, the girls from Superior.