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3/20/2013 3:17:00 PM
Soccer loses home opener in shootout
Othello goalkeeper, junior Angel Rangel, picks up a save during his teamís Saturday, March 9, shootout loss to Pullman. Photo by Erik Pague.
Othello goalkeeper, junior Angel Rangel, picks up a save during his teamís Saturday, March 9, shootout loss to Pullman. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

After a scoreless two halves, Othello missed three key shootout goals to give the Pullman Bulldogs the one-nil win Saturday, March 9. The Huskies played a couple games the day before during a jamboree against Grandview and Highland and didn't allow any goals from all three teams all weekend. The catch is they didn't score any, either.
Othello head coach Bernie Garza said he didn't want their first non-league game to go into a shootout, but with 90-minutes down and still no score, it had to come down to it.
"I didn't want it to come to a shootout because we hadn't practiced it," Garza said. "First game of the season and have to do a shootout? That's a lot of pressure on these kids."
After 18 total penalty kicks, Pullman had made seven and Othello made six, their last attempt going wide left.
"Give good praise to the Pullman team - they did really good," Garza said. "All their shots were makeable shots ... the (only) ones they missed was when we saved them, the ones we missed were missed."
Being this early in the season, Garza still looks at the shootout situation as a positive because he said it's a good learning opportunity for his young team to have early in the season.
"It's a positive, because we got to experience a shootout and we know what we can and can't do," Garza said. "When it really comes down to it and we tie a team and it goes to a shootout, we can feel confident we can score."
Junior goalkeeper Angel Rangel picked up two saves in the shootouts and finished with nine total for the afternoon. Relief GKs Diego Suarez and Trevor Walker also picked up a save each. The Huskies also won the shots-on-goal ratio, with 13 compared to Pullman's 11. Garza said his defense did a good job all weekend with three shutouts if you count only regulation time, but their offense still has some areas to work on.
"All four mid-fielders are new starters," Garza said. "They're going to have to get used to playing with each other ... there are some big shoes to fill and they're doing well, it's just that we didn't produce enough shots on goal."
Othello didn't have a whole lot of trouble getting the ball to Pullman territory throughout the game. They just had trouble with passing and getting into good scoring position. Pullman's defense didn't make things easy for them, either, with their keeper Vivek Jayaram saving three Huskie shots.
"The timing of the passing was not there," Garza said. "Now, we have to work on our passes to the feet ... at times, we just got the ball and it seemed like we were just kicking it (to) just get rid of it."
The Huskies got to take the whole week off to work on their offensive strategies and get better used to playing with each other. Then, this Saturday, they play host to the Grandview Greyhounds for a non-league match starting at noon.
Garza knows it's critical to get his team to find their way with the ball and get some goals. If Othello can play offense as consistently as defense, he knows they'll find success.
"Our offense is lacking in scoring opportunities, but our defense is solid, which is good," Garza said. "But, in order to win a lot of games, or some games, we have to score goals ... we'll figure it out."

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