Soccer girls win one, drop three

Gabby Roble
S. Lee Epps

Spring Grove Herald

The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston soccer girls (3-10) won once before losing three during a very busy week.

C/SG/H 2, Lake City 1

At home on a rainy Sept. 21, the Warriors opened scoring with a breakaway goal in the 10th minute with Hailey Alfson taking a pass from Gabby Roble and sending a shot past the post.

Melanie Seymour made it 2-0 with a 20-foot shot on a corner kick sequence. The Tigers closed scoring in the 62nd minute after a Warrior wall of players blocked a free kick. Lake City attempted 11 shots and the Warriors nine.

SC/LA 4, C/SG/H 0

On Sept. 24, St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura outshot the visiting Warriors 17 to 5 overall and scored three goals before halftime.“They found a few gaps in the defense to get through and put some good shots on the goal,” said coach Chris Jandt. C/SG/H was able to challenge the Saints goalkeeper a few times in the second half after altering strategy at halftime to hold the ball more. 

“St Charles put in the fourth goal of the night in the 51st minute,” added Jandt. “Freshman Mikaela Konkel came in to replace Senior Melanie Seymour after an injury and played very well in the defense.

“The field was a little bumpy and wet due to the recent weather,” said the coach.  “The varsity had to start the game at 5 p.m. due to the incoming weather, which was a change to the girls.”  

Dover-Eyota 2, C/SG/H 0

Against visiting Dover-Eyota on Sept. 26, Madeline Foster made 23 saves in goal, while the Warriors managed only one shot on the other end.

The girls came out with a lot of energy at the beginning of the game, said the coach.  “We had a couple of great opportunities to go up early in the game but couldn’t finish in the final third of the field.  Dover got the first goal at the 16th minute to go up 1-0.  We held them to a 1-0 lead at half time and talked about controlling the ball and keeping the energy up.  Senior Madeline Foster had a couple of great saves that really fired up the girls throughout the game.  Dover finished the scoring in the second half with a goal in the 70th minute to make it a 2-0 game. 

“We may not have scored a goal or had many shots on the game,” said Jandt. “But the girls came out and played hard.  It was our best game defensively, and Madeline played great.”

PI/ZM 3, C/SG/H 1

In Pine Island on Sept. 28, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa scored all three goals in the first half. 

“Pine Island came out firing in the first half to put in three goals at the 18th, 27th, and 32nd minutes,” said Jandt.  “We had a rough first half that put a lot of pressure on Madeline.  We played a little flat and looked tired.  The girls came out fired up in the second half and really took it upon themselves to get them back into the game.  They were a completely different team and it showed.” 

The Warriors avoided the shutout with a 20-yard goal by Roble.

This week

The girls played at La Crescent-Hokah on Tuesday of this week before the regular season ends at home on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Cotter.