Royals girls soccer picking up steam after slow start

After an 0-3 start, the Watertown-Mayer girls’ soccer team has picked up its game lately, winning two of its last three contests to improve to 2-4 on the season.

That 10-day stretch included back-to-back to wins for the Royals over West Lutheran and Southwest Christian, the first time the program has won two consecutive games since returning to the varsity level last year.

“That was a great accomplishment for them,” head coach Lindsey Rague said.

The Royals defeated West Lutheran on Tuesday, Aug. 28, by a score of 2-0 for their first victory of the season. Hallie Harding and Katie Heilman both notched goals for the Royals, and Lexy Heldt played a stellar game in net, recording 16 saves to post the shutout.

The Royals kept the momentum going when they returned home to take on Southwest Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Heilman once again netted a goal for the Royals, with the other coming from senior Lisa McCain as the Royals once again pitched a 2-0 shutout.

The Royals also hosted St. Croix Lutheran last Saturday, Sept. 8, but faltered a bit in a 6-1 loss.

“I’m happy with where we’re at right now,” Rague said. “With the exception of the St. Croix Lutheran game, we’ve been able to remain competitive in every game so far this season, which was our goal right out of the gate. As long as we keep our focus and continue to get better each week, the wins and losses column will take care of itself. I think we’ve definitely surprised a few teams already this season.”

The Royals were also in action Tuesday on the road against Maranatha Christian, and will hit the road again Saturday, Sept. 15, for a 1 p.m. game at Heritage Christian. The Royals will also play at Mayer Lutheran on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.