By Colin Mather
It’s been a while since Mound Westonka High School boys soccer had any success playing Orono. In fact, the last points gained by MWHS came back in September 2012! That all changed Sept. 2, when the White Hawks earned a hard fought 1-1 tie in Orono.
The first half started quite balanced, with both teams creating half chances, but took a distinct swing Orono’s way towards the halftime break. Orono senior Fin Rohrer got the game’s first goal with 8 minutes to go in the half after he pounced on a goalmouth scramble created by a long free kick.
More of the same in the second half, as Orono pounded on the pressure. The Spartans hit the woodwork at least twice, and drew several other magnificent saves from MWHS junior goalie Owen Beckley, but could not get a second goal that would likely have sealed the contest.
As the second half dragged on, MWHS held strong and their belief grew. Great defensive shifts from seniors Jack Ryall and Isaac Miner helped inspire the rest of the team, and several Orono attacks were snubbed out with committed defending.
The White Hawks got their reward with 9 minutes to go. Junior Michael Doshan took a quick, short throw-in to freshman Brett Bartkowicz, who held the ball up nicely and passed back to Doshan on the sidelines, barely 15 yards up from the corner flag. Doshan astutely noticed the Orono goalie was a little out of position and he floated an incredible, 30-yard shot over the goalie’s head, just under the crossbar, for the equalizer.
With the score now tied, both teams slugged it out for the final minutes, looking for the advantage, but none was coming to either side. A great contest overall. MWHS will be thrilled to have finally taken a point of their local rival, while Orono will feel aggrieved that their dominance did not lead to a win.