Girls soccer runs win streak to 5
By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The red hot STMA girls soccer team picked up three straight victories last week to run its record to 7-1-1.
The girls traveled to St. Francis to take on the Saints on Tuesday. Emily Swanson opened the scoring with a goal, but the Saints were game. St. Francis tied the game at one, and then scored again to take the lead into halftime.
The second half was the best half of soccer played all year by the girls, head coach Megan Johnson said.
“The girls came out determined and you could tell already in the first minute they were not going to back down.” The Knights outplayed the Saints and senior midfielder Rachel Bourget tied the game with 12 minutes in regulation.
But the Knights would not need overtime to decide this one. Leah Johnson scored the decisive goal off of a cross pass from Jordyn Walker. Johnson called the second half well played and exciting.
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Thursday night saw a return home for the Lady Knights. It also saw STMA score another victory on the season.
Makenzie Langdok opened the scoring with a header goal, assisted by Jordyn Walker and the Knights led 1-0. Walker quickly scored herself to increase STMA’s lead. Coach Johnson was pleased with Walker’s performance.
“Jordyn does a good job taking defenders on one-on-one, and she’s confident. She was moving around, playing her line really well,” Johnson said.
The Knights focused on defense with the two goal lead and eventually came away with a 2-0 victory.
Johnson said the team needs to work on finishing goals, but overall things are going well and she also said that the Knights are playing well across the board right now.
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On Saturday, the Knights traveled to Brainerd for an afternoon showdown with the Warriors.
Walker scored the opening goal for STMA on an unassisted play in front of the net. The Knights took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
“We had many opportunities in the first half, but did not capitalize on them,” Johnson said. But her team capitalized on an early second half opportunity as freshman Karley Mager scored from 20 yards out for a 2-0 lead.
The day’s final goal came from the head of senior midfielder Anne-Marie Harald, who received a long cross pass from DJ Noel and finished it.
“It was picture perfect,” Johnson said.
Goaltending remained solid for the Knights. Becky Panuska played an excellent second half and stopped a huge penalty shot, Johnson said.
The Knights played Tuesday at Buffalo and host Chisago Lakes tonight at home.