BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Rockford and Delano boys and girls soccer teams went head to head in a battle of neighboring schools last week.
Delano took control of both games, the boys winning 4-0 and the girls working for a 2-0 shutout.
Scoring for the Tiger girls was Gabby Cordes and Kayla Manske. Delano coach Amy Glitsos praised her players for their ability to possess the ball and limit Rocket scoring chances.
That was unlike the next game when losing 4-0 to Holy Family, which took advantage of its scoring opportunities. The boys also lost to Holy Family, 3-1.
“This season we have benefited from having strength off the bench,” said Glitsos. “Our starting lineup has changed throughout the season from game to game based on who we play and how players are playing. All 16 players have been getting substantial time and have contributed positively on the field.”
Delano senior captains are Sam Noetzelman, Kayla Manske, Kallie Statema and Martha Metz. The other seniors are Katie Aksoy, Katie Emmer, Grace Bauman, Kirsten Peterson, Emily Crook and Bree Bryant.
The Tiger boys and girls both play at Hutchinson Thursday, Oct. 4, the girls at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
Rockford teams bounced back from the loss against Delano by defeating the International School of Minnesota. The boys won 4-1 and the girls pulled out a 2-1 victory.
It was an action packed week of soccer for Rockford’s girls, playing four matches in five days. First came a 6-4 overtime loss to St. John’s Prep. Two goals were netted by senior forward Briana Gall, and one each by junior midfielders Cally Nielsen and Abby Botten.
Rockford played shorthanded on defense against Delano due to injuries. Coach Rob Michels said goalie Rachel Clem made some great saves to keep the game close.
The Rockets traveled to Watertown-Mayer Thursday and lost 2-1 in another overtime. Michels said defenders Carlie Nesesnson, KaLeigh Lentsch-Dwinell, Brianna Calder, Jayda Palmer, Marie Jakubowski and McKenzy Belanger were able to keep WM forwards in check for most of the match.
Rockford’s goal to tie the match at one was scored by Nielsen from an assist by Botten. Watertown scored in the first five-minute overtime. Rockford came close twice, one on a shot by senior midfielder Amanda Thingvold and another when a shot by Nielsen bounced off the goal post.
Last Friday the Rocket girls defeated the International School 2-1 on goals by Nielsen and sophomore Julia Trandahl.
“Our team has played well in most of the matches this season,” said Michels. “We have played some solid team defense with momentary lapses. We have put ourselves in position to score and have been unlucky not being able to capitalize more often.”
The Rockets have one more regular season match at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at home against Cambridge-Isanti. The boys play at Monticello, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Then Section playoffs begin the following week.