Soccer: Maple Grove downs Rogers girls 2-0

Kirsten Heikkenen of the Royals leapt past a Crimson defender in pursuit of the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Kirsten Heikkenen of the Royals leapt past a Crimson defender in pursuit of the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mandy Pippin of the Royals tries to weave through the Crimson at midfield. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Mandy Pippin of the Royals tries to weave through the Crimson at midfield. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

By Bruce Strand

bruce.strand@ecm-inc.com

 

The Rogers Royals were blanked by Maple Grove 2-0 at home on Saturday, falling to 1-4-1 for the season.

“Maple Grove is always tough for us. They are a physical, tough team,” said Rogers coach Holly Sutton.

Maple Grove (4-1-1) picked up a goal in each half. Moriah Morrisette delivered on a penalty kick in the first half, and Kailey Beatt booted one in the second half. Marissa Hamilton was in goal for the shutout.

The Royals have been outscored by just 6-4 in six games but all four goals came in one game. The other five were shutouts.

“We just haven’t learned how to score,” said Sutton.

Their best scorer, senior Gabby Moter, sidelined all season due to a hip injury, is expected back for the Sept. 18 game against Buffalo.

In other action, the Royals, after going scoreless for four games, broke out with four goals on Thursday evening and beat Cambridge-Isanti 4-0 in Cambridge.

Scoring were Lindsay Paul (Sydni Grover assisting) in the fifth minute, Grover in the 33rd minute, and Jenna Trochlil (Courtney Stutelberg assisting) in the 58th minute. There was also an own goal from C-I in the 72nd minute.

Coach Holly Sutton also cited goalkeeper Cassidy Stutelberg for the shutout, strong midfield work by Paul, and several opportunities to score created by forward Kirsten Heikkenen.

“We have as many goals for as we do against us now!” said Sutton. “At least we got on the board.”

Rogers’ first three four games were a 0-0 tie, two 1-0 losses and a 2-0 loss.

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