Tighter defenses help Tiger soccer teams net victories
BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Delano soccer teams found out it is easier to post wins when the opposing teams are not scoring so often.
Last week the boys allowed only one goal against Waconia, but could not muster one of its own and lost 1-0. The Tigers also yielded one goal against Glencoe-Silver Lake, but came up with three scores in the victory.
The Tiger girls also had a tie last week, 2-2 against Waconia, before blanking GSL in the 2-0 victory.
Junior Amanda Gielau scored on a penalty kick in the second half against GSL and ninth-grader Catherine Taylor scored to put the game out of reach. Against Waconia, senior Kallie Statema and Gielau provided the goals.
“We have really great team chemistry and it is fantastic to have all the girls getting minutes and positively contributing in the games,” said coach Amy Glitsos. “We have also really benefited from having a variety of goal scorers this year instead of relying on a few players.”
Glitsos also praised the play of goalie Kelsey Delisle, a ninth-grader. The coach said junior defenders Amanda Keranen, Maureen Booth and Addie Taylor have been very solid. Statema and junior Nicole Bressler provide consistency and control in the middle of the field.
“We have been stressing possession and looking to get our outside midfielders and forwards in behind the opposing defense,” notes Glitsos. “We are playing more as a team and continue to improve as the season goes on.”
The soccer teams are home against Holy Family Thursday, Sept. 27, the girls starting at 5 and the boys about 7. The girls improved to 5-4-1, while the boys are at 4-6-1.