Osseo soccer boys end tough year, look forward

by Bob San

The Osseo boys’ soccer team concluded a tough regular season with a 1-11-2 overall record.

The Orioles suffered from a late summer coaching change that resulted in low turnouts and many new players were thrust into varsity action. To complicate matters, several players lost their eligibility due to academic reasons and the Orioles were further depleted. Their record showed their inexperience and lack of depth.

Osseo sophomore Gabriel Galamue, middle, goes up for a header in a game. Galamue is one of many newcomers on the Osseo team. (Photo by Rich Moll)

Osseo sophomore Gabriel Galamue, middle, goes up for a header in a game. Galamue is one of many newcomers on the Osseo team. (Photo by Rich Moll)

“It has been a roller coaster season with many off the field battles,” first-year Osseo head coach Jean-Yves Viardin said. “At this point we are down to our skeleton crew. We hope we will perform and hopefully surprise a few teams in sections.”

In a season of many losses, some Orioles stand out.

“Freshman goalie Jeremy Mattson has come up big for us as well as sophomore forward Bashiru Kormah,” Viardin said. “We lost quite a few games that we should have won but getting the guys to show up consistently and gel together was a struggle. We tried numerous different ways and finally found one that worked.”

The Orioles ended the season playing their best soccer. They captured their first victory with a 2-1 win over Andover and lost 3-0 to Maple Grove.

The 2012 season was difficult but Viardin is optimistic about the future.

“We have a great group of guys and talented athletes but our environment at Osseo is different than most with most if not all our guys working may hours a week plus school plus soccer,” he said. “But overall we are confident that going forward we can have success. We are a very young team and will be on the up and up in the next few years.”

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