Oskaloosa Girls’ Soccer Falls In Regional Semis, Ends Record Breaking Year

The Oskaloosa Girls’ Soccer team has made a lot of history this year and was looking to check one more thing off the list Tuesday night against Clear Creek-Amana. As the storm clouds came rolling in to Tiffin, the season unfortunately came to a halt with a defeat against #13th ranked Clear Creek-Amana with the final score of 2-1.

Clear Creek-Amana got off to a fast start with a goal just 45 seconds into the game which put the Indians on their heels for a few minutes.  After getting settled in, the Indians would go on to dominate a lot of the first half and scored the equalizer by freshman Aleeya Cheney putting in a cross from senior Jackie Reif.  The score would remain tied 1-1 going into half.

The score would remain the same for the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half until, Clear Creek-Amana was able to get the go-ahead goal.  The Indians had several chances in tying up the game, but unfortunately nothing bounced their way.  The loss ends the high school careers of Jackie Reif, Taylor Seaton, Andie Reif, and Sandra Blom.

“These four girls played their hearts out last night trying to get one more game,” said Head Coach Jodi Steinlage. “They have done a lot for this season and this program and we are going to miss them.  However, they can be proud in what they have accomplished at Oskaloosa High School.”

“We are very proud of the girls and this season,” Steinlage continued. “With a new coach, it can be hard when they just come in and change things up, but the girls were up to the challenge. We have a lot to be excited about in the coming years for the girls’ soccer program.  The future is bright.”

Some season highlights for the Indians include the team having the lowest goals allowed with only allowing 17 goals in 17 games giving the lowest goals against average ever with 1.0 goals a game.  6 of their 7 losses came to ranked teams with 6 of those teams playing in the regional finals to go to state.

The Indians scores the most goals in a season with 64, recorded the most wins and the first ever double digit winning season.

At 6:00 p.m. a few dark clouds started to roll in above the Lacey Recreation Complex on Tuesday evening. After about 15 minutes, Little League players were catching rain drops in addition to baseballs and softballs, but that didn’t stop the fun. Fans from Pella, Bussey and Oskaloosa could be found under umbrellas, blankets and at the picnic tables under the large canopies cheering on their youth. Kandis Klyn, MCRF Activities Manager, stated, “MCRF’s mission is to facilitate and promote recreation in the Mahaska community so it is always great to see encouraging parents, grandparents and friends supporting the next generation at the complex.” For more pictures of Tuesday night Little League games check out www.facebook.com/mcrf.laceyrecreation and don’t forget to “like” our page.

School is out and summer camps have already started! Osky Soccer Camp kicked off on Wednesday and will run through Friday at the Lacey Recreation Complex. Campers, ranging in age from 4-13, are focusing on the basics and foundations of the game. The coaches are teaching on physical, technical, tactical and physiological aspects of the game through exercises, mini games and scrimmages, but of course the primary focus is to have fun while learning. Pictures from the camp can be found at www.facebook.com/mcrf.laceyrecreation.


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