BY ROB LAPLANTE
With eight of its first 11 matches of the season away from home, the St. Michael-Albertville girls’ soccer team passed its test bringing home a 5-1-2 road record.
“I’m really pleased with our road results,” said head coach Megan Johnson. “I think the key to our success is our team chemistry is good and we really play well as a team.”
With two wins over Mississippi 8 foes last week, the Knights moved into sole possession of first place in the conference with a 4-1 record.
It started Tuesday, with a 3-0 win over Monticello. Senior goalkeeper MiCale Jensen picked up her second shutout and it was the Knights fourth shutout this season.
The Knights followed that with an impressive 2-1 road victory at Rogers. It was the second time this season they knocked off their arch-rival.
Senior captain Maddie Barr scored her third goal of the season in the first half. After Rogers tied it 1-1, the Knights scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second half when junior defenseman BriAnna Hoffman’s corner kick was headed in by eighth-grade forward Makenzie Langdok.
It was Langdok’s fourth goal of the season and team-leading seventh point.
“The highlight of the season so far has to be the two wins over Rogers,” Johnson said. “I just hope we don’t see them in the playoffs. It’s tough to beat a team three times.”
The Knights (7-1-3 overall) were in action Tuesday at home against Buffalo (results unavailable). The Bison are the only team to defeat STMA so far this season.
Tuesday’s game was the second of five consecutive home matches. Thursday at 7 p.m. they host Cambridge-Isanti. Saturday at 1 p.m. they host Blaine and high scoring sophomore Britney Monteon. Monteon is among the state’s scoring leaders with 19 goals this season.
“Our immediate goal is to win the conference,” Johnson said. “Blaine should be a real good non-conference test for us.”