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A lopsided win for the Huskies punched their ticket to the first round where they will meet up with team Marist Catholic

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion senior Alexander Perez Hernandez scored a pair of goals in the play-in game against Klamath Union on Oct. 29. The Huskies won 6-0.

After finishing third in the Oregon West Conference, North Marion boys soccer wound up facing off against Klamath Union on Oct. 29. The Huskies dominated the encounter, winning a lopsided 6-0 result over the Pelicans at Canby High School.

North Marion was all over the Klamath Falls squad from the off, gathering four goals in the first 40 minutes of play thanks to efforts senior Alexander Perez Hernandez, junior Will Orr, senior Cole Boughal, as well as a Klamath Union own goal.

The two second half goals came courtesy of starting goalkeeper Jonathan Vallejo, who donned his alternate jersey to play in the field, and Perez Hernandez for the brace.

The victory was a good way for the Huskies to mentally prepare for the playoffs. With their third win in a row, North Marion puts a turbulent regular season behind them. The team hadn't won two consecutive games all season until wins over Cascade and Sweet Home on Oct. 22 and 25, respectively.

Head coach Carlos Perez acknowledged that the team struggled but was putting in the work to make a deep run.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - North Marion coach Carlos Perez goes through strategy with his team at halftime against Klamath Union on Oct. 29.

"We've been working really hard, constantly," Perez said. "Trying to focus on our strengths which I believe is out wide. At times during the season we've been pretty weak on our finishing, but today we got two goals from our defenders, a couple from our strikers and midfielders. Them continuing to work hard and doing everything we've been working on this season, they put it into our game. At times they can take it light and they don't want to do things, but we have a strong mentality in believing in each other."

Another big factor in the Huskies win over Klamath Union was the turf field they competed on. North Marion's soccer field is grass, one of the few soccer fields that is, according to Perez. On the turf at Canby High School, the team was able to get out and run on the wings.

"I felt as long as we had a quality pitch, because we had speed out wide and it was wider, that we could use that to our strengths," Perez said. "Our field isn't the biggest or the nicest, at times because it's raining and stuff, it's muddy. So, I just kind of wanted my guys to prove to themselves that everything we've been working on, maybe it's just the field is bad and that at times it's the bounces. But with the turf surface like this, pretty nice pitch, we can put in all our touches, and it worked out today."

North Marion (6-4-5) will take to the road to compete against Marist Catholic (8-5-1) on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Marist Catholic won the Sky Em League with a 7-0-1 conference record.


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