Waconia falls to Holy Family, Orono

The Waconia girls’ soccer team finished last week 1-2, picking up their second conference win of the season against Mound-Westonka.

Holy Family 9, Waconia 3
Head coach Mike Bruggeman described the Wildcats’ Sept. 4 game as simply “tough.”

“We knew this would be a challenging match,” he said.

Bruggeman said the Wildcats improved in the second half and were able to limit Holy Family’s attempts at the goal. Senior Amber Rochat-Boeser and junior Emily Hilk stepped up for the Wildcats to face the fast and skilled attacking Fire lineup, according to Bruggeman. The Wildcats were also able to create better quality chances of their own.

Senior Kayla Christensen scored all three goals for the Wildcats, with assists from Trina Rinke, Kelly Luce, and Sam Laumann. Waconia will face Holy Family again on Sept. 20 in Victoria, a game that Bruggeman hopes the Wildcats will improve in.

“While this was a difficult outing and not the result we were looking for, we look forward to our next match and continuing to improve our quality of play,” he said.

Orono 3, Waconia 0
Falling to No. 4 (1A) Orono on Sept. 6, Bruggeman said the Wildcats’ performance was much improved from the Holy Family game two days earlier.

“Orono looks to be the Wright County Conference favorite and it was a difficult test on their own turf,” Bruggeman said. “While we weren’t able to generate many scoring opportunities, we stuck to our game plan and had reasonable success.”

Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost junior Jacey Zapf to a broken collar bone late in the second half. Zapf will likely be out for the rest of the season.

“This is a significant loss for our team,” Bruggeman said, “though watch for Ms. Zapf to focus her energy into mentoring younger players and learning some ins and outs of coaching for the remainder of the season.”

Waconia 2, Mound 1
Grabbing their second win of the season against Mound-Westonka on Sept. 8, the Wildcats took down the White Hawks 2-1. Down 1-0 at the half, the Wildcats adjusted their formation and attacking stance, according to Bruggeman.

“These adjustments worked out well and allowed us to score the goals we needed to get the win.”

Goals came off the feet of senior Kayla Christensen, assisted by senior Kelly Luce, and sophomore Emily Zemple, assisted by junior Mackenna Trnka.

The Wildcats were stretched defensively, needing to put more players forward, which did well to contain the counterattack from the White Hawks. Bruggeman said the win meant a lot to the team, as they look to improve in the conference, and look forward to their next meeting with the White Hawks on Sept. 27.

“Mound-Westonka will be prepared and tough the next time we face them,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity.”

The Wildcats are 2-4 this season and 2-2 in the Wright County Conference.