Bobcat soccer squad suffers shoot-out loss to Owls
Through 80 minutes of play, the Houghton Lake and Oscoda varsity soccer squads each scored a goal sending the game into a shoot-out where the owls prevailed 2-1.
Being a non-conference contest the squads elected before the game to skip the overtime periods and go directly into a shoot-out.
Houghton Lake shot first in the shootout and missed on their first attempt. Oscoda’s first shot found the corner of the net to put the Owls ahead 1-0.
In the second frame, both squads did not score and the Owls remained ahead.
Houghton Lake missed their shot in the third frame and Oscoda was able to sneak the ball past Houghton Lake keeper Lauren Arsenault going ahead 2-0.
With a goal needed to keep them alive in the shoot-out, Houghton Lake missed on their fourth attempt giving the Owls the 2-1 non-conference victory.
The scoring began in the first half when Oscoda senior Dani Griffin placed a shot past Arsenault with 28:37 remaining in the half.
Houghton Lake’s Maddy Walter evened the score on a goal with just over seven minutes remaining before halftime.
From that point on neither squad scored again forcing the game into a shoot-out.
“I am impressed with our play,” Houghton Lake coach Darren Barnes said. “We just need to start scoring goals.”
Houghton Lake edged Oscoda in total shots 13-12 with Katie Trahan and Sarah Garrett leading the team in shots.
Houghton Lake goalkeeper Arsenault recorded 11 saves in the loss.
Houghton Lake (2-7 overall; 2-4 Northern Michigan Soccer League) will host rival Roscommon tonight (Thursday) with kickoff set for 5 p.m.