Wright County soccer team starts fast

The Wright County Girls U17-C2 soccer team, called the Chaos, are enjoying a successful summer season so far.

The collection of 18 girls represents Buffalo, Delano and Rockford.

One season after moving up from the C3 level of competition and taking second at the state C2 tournament, WCS is undefeated and in first place in the Western League.

After winning the Blaine Breakout Tournament in May, the girls opened the league season with a 2-1 come from behind win over Edina with goals by Kallie Statema and Kaylee Lingen.

Coach Brian Nichols said the second goal was triggered by a pure hustle play by Gabby Cordes, who cleared the ball out of our own zone after an Edina corner kick and gave a perfect pass to Lingen to create a break away that left Lingen all alone with the keeper.

After a dominating 3-1 win over Waconia, the Chaos had a bit of a down swing with an unexpected 1-1 tie against Eden Prairie.

Since then the girls have gone 4-0 in the last four league games, winning by a combined score of 14-0.

These wins were over two separate St. Cloud teams, Chaska and Wayzata. All are traditionally real strong soccer programs.

Statistically, Statema, Lingen and Cordes lead the team. Jessie Gallagher, Cami Daniels, Tori Tonn and Sam Noetzelman have been strong contributors.

Nichols said the story of this team has been the defense, allowing just three goals in seven games.

The defense is anchored by Maureen Booth, Amanda Gielau, Tyrah Whisler and Briana Gall, with strong assistance from Abby Botten and Addie Taylor.

"This group of girls define the definition of the word team," said Nichols, the former Rockford girls head coach.

With one more win in the two games this week (the team will not only secure first place in the league, but also earn promotion to the C1 level next season.

Nichols adds, "For a team to move from C3 to C1 in the course of two season is not exactly unheard of, but it very unique and special."