BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Some adjustments were made after Delano’s boys soccer team allowed five goals total in losses against Waconia and Chaska. Prior, the Tigers had allowed one goal total in three victories.
The result of some coaching alterations was back to back 1-0 shutout victories against Mound-Westonka and Hutchinson last week as the Tigers improved to 5-3. Coach John Bergh said the shutdown defense was a result of his players more clearly understanding their roles.
“Keaton Bonine has taken a strong leadership role to keep our defense better organized,” adds the first year varsity coach about the senior “Defensively, we have gotten very consistent play from sophomore Brandyn Wales, senior Cooper Larsen and junior Joseph Braedy defensively.”
Senior goalie Jaison Deitweller has posted four shutouts in his return to the sport. Deitweller had played soccer until his ninth-grade season before switching to football the last two years. He came back to soccer his senior season, still hoping to earn a college scholarship.
“Jaison is a great athlete who has made a quick transition from football to soccer in his first year on varsity,” said Bergh. “Jaison does not have the years of experience with goal keeping technique, but he is smart, athletic and aggressive, which is a great combination for the position.”
Deitweller made eight saves against Mound-Westonka when Braedy netted the game-winning goal. Against Hutchinson, Deitweller came up with 11 saves in the shutout. The only goal was provided by senior Max Ramstad.
On the girls side, the sting was taken out of the 4-0 and 2-0 losses to Orono and Mound-Westonka when Delano edged Hutchinson 2-1 Saturday.
Goals were netted by Jane Lewis and Nicole Bressler. Coach Sean Rolf said Jessie Gallagher had a great game at forward with seven shots on net and help set up the goals.
“It was a good team win,” adds Rolf. “We controlled the ball well and our defense shut down most of the Hutchinson attack.”
Delano will play host to neighbor Rockford Tuesday, Sept. 24, the boys starting at 5 p.m. and girls at 7 p.m.
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