Wildcat boys’ off to strong 3-0 start
Looking to defend its 2011 Wright County Conference title, the Waconia boys’ soccer team has started the season 3-0, with victories over Southwest Christian, Glencoe-Silver Lake, and Delano. The Wilcats are 2-0 in WCC play.
Waconia 4, SW Christian 1
Kicking off the season against Southwest Christian on Aug. 25, the Wildcats got off to a slow start, according to head coach Tyrel Seim.
But the Wildcats found their groove when junior James Nash found senior Billy Schultz with a pass through the Stars’ defense that Schultz put in the back of the net. With two minutes left in the first half, senior Seth Krueger converted a penalty kick for his first goal of the season to put the Wildcats up 2-0.
In the second half, the Stars put in their lone goal. The Wildcats responded with two additional goals in five minutes. After a pass from senior Tyler Christensen, junior Marcel Montiel scored with a blast from outside the 18-yard box. Junir Charlie Spurbeck wrapped up the game for Waconia scoring on a pass from Krueger.
Senior goalie Brandon Gonzalez had five saves on the day.
Waconia 5, G-SL 0
Waconia crammed in all five of their goals during the first half of their 5-0 victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake on Aug. 28.
First, Schultz stole a pass, dribbled past the defense, and shot past the goalie for an unassisted goal. Krueger then scored his second penalty kick goal of the season to make it 2-0.
Nash passed to Spurbeck, who scored goal number three, followed by an unassisted goal from Montiel.
Senior Ian Manske scored the Wildcats’ final goal, assisted by Montiel.
After a busy first half, the Wildcats spent the second half focused on possessing the ball and preserving the shutout, according to Seim. Gonzalez had two saves during the game.
Waconia 4, Delano 0
A second shutout for the ‘Cats came two days later in Delano on Aug. 30. The Wildcats led 2-0 at the half, after goals from Schultz (assisted by Krueger) and Montiel (assisted by senior Mitchell Zebell).
The second half saw more Waconia offensive action, with Steven Diehl set up by Schultz for a goal, and senior Nick Dirnberger scoring on a volley after Nash crossed through the top of the Delano defense.
Gonzalez had six saves for the second shutout of the year.
Seim said the team is off to a good start, but things may change this week as the Wildcats face Holy Family, Orono, and Mound-Westonka.
“These three teams are the toughest challenge in our conference and we know we will face them again,” Seim said. “We aren’t going to get too excited over an early win nor will we get too down over an early season loss.”
Seim said the Wildcats will continue to work hard and improve.
“We have a good team that is loaded with seniors but we cannot get content and have a lot to work on before the season ends,” he said.