By Bruce Strand
The Rogers Royals were hoping to cap an unbeaten week during an otherwise difficult season, and the Elk River Elks were hoping to salvage one win during a week with five starters out.
The two Highway 101 neighbors had settle for a 2-2 draw on Saturday in Rogers.
“It would have been nice (to go 3-0) but you’ve got to finish,” said Rogers coach Holly Sutton. “But two wins and a tie is a good week. Elk River is a great team, with good depth, so they are tough even with a couple key players out. We will perhaps see them again in the playoffs.”
Jenna Kively of the Elks approached the ball on a free kick that she made to tie the score 1-1. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Rogers (5-7-2) beat Minneapolis Southwest 1-0 and Cambridge-Isanti 3-0 before stalemating with the Elks.
Jenna Trochill scored in the first half, and Sydni Grover scored in the second half, the latter a perfectly placed missive from the left side, over the goalie’s head and against the far post, bouncing into the net.
Trochlill, junior forward, had four of the team’s six goals during the week. Rogers has been looking for a scorer all year, with their best shooter, Gabby Moter, battling a hip problem. Moter missed 10 games and played parts of three of the last four, including this one.
“It’s nice to have Jenna (scoring), and Gabby back in the mix, and Kirsten (Heikkinen) is a good hustler, too,” said Sutton. “We just have to get Kirsten to breathe a little before she shoots.”
Heikkinen, usually the fastest player on the field, had a couple breakaways in the second half. She shot high on the first one, and Elk goalie Meghan Marsh was able to leap and get her fingers on the second, tipping it over the crossbar. Heikkenin had another chance in O.T., went low this time and Marsh made the stop.
Meanwhile, fifth-year veteran Storm Keyte, senior midfielder, is shut down for the year, after X-Rays earlier this week showed a foot problem she’s had all season was a fracture.
Jenna Trochlil knocked in two goals as the Rogers Royals defeated Cambridge-Isanti 3-0 at home on Tuesday. Tessa Quintavale scored the other goal as Rogers improved to 4-3 in conference and 4-7-1 overall. The Royals have two wins over the Bluejackets (2-5, 4-6-1).