STMA girls tie twice, lose to Anoka

STMA’s Makenzie Langdok plays the ball, trying to set up a teammate for a goal. (Sun staff photo by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s Makenzie Langdok plays the ball, trying to set up a teammate for a goal. (Sun staff photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

 

The STMA girls soccer team had an interesting week. The team tied twice in a row and lost once.

First up, a game against the Buffalo Bison on the road. As the boys did at home that same night, the girls battled Buffalo to a 1-1 tie. Leah Johnson, continuing a solid season, scored the only goal for the Knights.

The Bison came home for the next contest against the Chisago Lakes Wildcats. Chisago struck first in the game. Later on, Leah Johnson finished a goal by using her head to tie the game at 1-1. Anna-Marie Harald assisted the goal.

Chisago Lakes struck again with a header goal of its own to take a 2-1 lead. The Knights had a golden opportunity taken away on a foul close to Chisago’s goal. Ashley Swanson got revenge by nailing her penalty kick for the game tying goal.

Both teams had good chances down the stretch, but this game headed for overtime, and for the second game in a row, STMA tied the competition.

Coach Megan Johnson said that the girls knew what their breakdown was on the first goal.

“We need to do a better job marking our defense. We talked about that and we made a couple of changes,” she said. Johnson added that the conditions did not affect how her team played.

“We didn’t have to make any changes, we just still played our game.”

The Knights then headed to Anoka for a Saturday morning showdown with the team they beat to go to state last season; the Anoka Tornados. Anoka scored the lone goal of the first half. In the second half, Leah Johnson scored STMA’s lone goal on an assist from Tori Jensen. Anoka added two goals to make it a 3-1 final score, the first loss for the Knights in two weeks.

STMA regrouped and faced North Branch on the road on Tuesday.

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