Lady Knights soccer goes 2-1 as season rolls along

Karley Mager tries to get the ball out of her zone against Orono. (Photo by Jake Schroer)
Karley Mager tries to get the ball out of her zone against Orono. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports


It was another solid week for the Knights girls soccer team. After a rough week which saw two ties and a loss to Anoka, the Knights needed a victory.

STMA beat North Branch 4-0 on Tuesday. Coach Johnson said that the Knights played and passed very well against the Vikings.  Makenzie Langdok had a strong game, assisting on goals by Ashley Swanson and two by Leah Johnson.

Brianna Hoffman scored the last goal unassisted. Coach Megan Johnson called it a “beautiful goal.”

The Knights played a home game against Princeton on Thursday night. STMA won 3-1 for the second win of the week.

The week would have turned out even better if not for a cold and rainy late morning at St. Michael Community Soccer Field. In a game that kicked off shortly after 11 a.m., STMA suffered a 3-1 loss to Orono.

The Knights struggled shooting the ball in the wind and rain during the first half. Things picked up during the second half, but the Knights could not overcome three first half goals scored by Orono. Coach Johnson said that the weather played a role in determining the game.

“They had the wind at their back, and not just a little wind, but a very strong wind, too,” Johnson said.

Johnson said her girls were undeterred by the three goal deficit.

“They came off the field at halftime and said ‘we can do this. We can score three goals in the second half,’ and they wanted it. So I think mentally, they were still in the game.”

Johnson complimented Orono, saying that the Orono girls were a strong team and that they played well.

STMA played Rogers on Tuesday, with the regular season finale to come tomorrow night against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village.