What was a three-game win streak for the Waconia girls’ soccer team ended Saturday as the Wildcats fell to Shakopee. Earlier in the week, however, Waconia picked up conference wins over Glencoe-Silver Lake and Hutchinson to improve to 4-5 this season. The Wildcats are second in the Wright County Conference with their 4-1 record, trailing Orono (3-0 conference, 7-1 overall).
Waconia 2, G-SL 0
September 11 marked the Wildcats and Panthers only face off of the season. Wind was a significant factor to the game, according to head coach Mike Bruggeman, which helped the Wildcats to one of their goals.
Senior Kayla Christensen scored both goals for Waconia, the first assisted by junior Bailey Breeggemann and the second from senior Elizabeth Bourgeois.
Sophomore goalie Marae Vipond and the rest of the Waconia defense brought about the team’s first shutout of the season.
Waconia 4, Hutch 0
The second shutout of the year came two days later against Hutchinson, where the Wildcats emerged with the 4-0 victory, thanks to goalkeeping and defense, according to Bruggeman.
Christensen again scored two goals for the Wildcats, while the remaining pair came off the quick feet of senior Kelly Luce. Assisting on the goals were junior Emily Hilk, sophomore Haley Schoenfelder, sophomore Trina Rinke, and junior Mackenna Trnka.
Sophomores Shannon Conway and Mati Harris were able to log their first significant varsity minutes against Hutchinson, something Bruggeman was happy to do.
“Our younger players really looked strong and showed that the future remains bright for WHS girls’ soccer,” he said.
Shakopee 7, Waconia 0
Outshot 24-9 on goal on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Wildcats fell to Shakopee.
“Shakopee [is] a strong side with a standout player and a consistent overall team,” Bruggeman said. “While the ball didn’t find the net for us, we were able to create several good scoring opportunities that just didn’t work out for us today.”
The Wildcats improved in the second half, only allowing Shakopee two goals after letting five through in the first half. Senior captain Elise Rogers had a strong game in the back, Bruggeman said.
“[She] really showed her leadership with communication and hard play,” he said.
According to Bruggeman, Luce played her best game at Shakopee.
“Despite not adding to her scoring total, [but] by working to creates opportunities to cover a lot of ground in order to do so,” he said.
The Wildcats play at No. 10 (1A) Holy Family tonight (Thursday).