Rockets-Tigers clash in boys and girls soccer

Rockford and Delano will continue its neighborhood rivalry on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the girls playing at 5 and boys at 7 at Rockford.

Rocket girls coach Rob Michels said his team had tough couple of weeks. Players have been creating good scoring chances, but having trouble finishing.

Jordan O’Reilly of Rockford sends the soccer ball down field. (Photo by Darcie Moe)
Jordan O’Reilly of Rockford sends the soccer ball down field. (Photo by Darcie Moe)

“Defensively, we play well in spurts, but have given up some unfortunate goals,” said Michels. “We either have been winning big or losing big. We are a young team that has at times struggled with playing consistently.”

The team did post a 4-0 victory against Mayer-Lutheran, paced by Julia Trandahl with two goals. Briana Gall had one goal and two assists and Abby Botten netted the other goal.

The Rocket boys were shut down offensively when losing to Becker 1-0 and St. John’s Prep 6-0 last week.

Before taking on Delano at home, the Rocket boys are home to West Lutheran, 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, and to Little Falls, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Rockford girls are home to West Lutheran at 7 pm. Sept. 20, at Little Falls, 3 p.m. Sept. 22 and home to St. John’s Prep, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

Delano boys soccer lost to Orono 4-0 and tied Mound-Westonka 2-2. Before facing Rockford, Delano is home to Glencoe-Silver Lake, the boys playing at 7 p.m. and the girls go at 5 p.m.

The Tiger girls had the best stretch of success last week, defeating Hutchinson 5-1, tying Mound-Westonka 2-2 and losing to Orono 4-0.

Goalie Kelsey Delisle made 22 saves against Orono in the loss, while the Tigers managed just five shots on goal.

It was the opposite when Delano tied Mound-Westonka, with the Tigers putting 20 shots on net and Delisle needing to make only six saves. Goals were scored by Gabby Cordes and Kallie Statema.

Coach Amy Glitsos said Sam Noetzelman, Amanda Keranen and Abby Madson stepped up and played great defense when both starting defenders were out either sick or injured.

Delano put 33 shots on the Hutchinson goal in the 5-1 victory. Statema netted three goals and Cordes had the other two.