Girls’ soccer ties twice, falls to Holy Family

Two ties and a loss last week have brought the Waconia girls’ soccer team season record to 4-6-2. The Wildcats are currently near the top of the Wright County Conference with a 4-1-1 record.

Waconia 2, Delano 2
The first time Waconia met Delano this season, the Wildcats won 3-1 on August 30. This time, Delano outshot Waconia 17-13 while sophomore goalie Marae Vipond was busy keeping Delano scoreless until late in the second half.

“We faced a highly motivated and well-prepared team,” head coach Mike Bruggeman said.

Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the Wildcats’ goal came from senior Kelly Luce, assisted by senior Kayla Christensen. In their first overtime experience of the year, the Wildcats were resilient in their fight, despite going down a goal early in the first overtime.

With just seconds remaining in the first overtime, Christensen tied the game off a pass from freshman Jaidyn Zapf. Both teams remained scoreless in the second overtime and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Holy Family 3, Waconia 2
At Holy Family on Sept. 20, the Wildcats fell 3-2, an improvement over the previous 9-3 loss on Sept. 4.

“After falling hard to HF earlier in the season, we looked for an improved performance and got just that,” Bruggeman said.

The Wildcats trailed 2-0 at halftime, but rallied to tie the game in the second half off a pair of goals from Christensen (one unassisted, one assisted by Luce). The Wildcats allowed a late goal for the loss, but Bruggeman was still proud of the performance against the No. 10 (1A) Fire.

“Our team really came together and got a positive spark that showed we can play with a top team,” Bruggeman said.

Bruggeman gave extra kudos to his defensive line of senior Amber Rochat-Boeser, junior Emily Hilk, senior Elise Rogers, and Zapf.

“Our defensive players nearly never left the field for subs and really showed that they can go the distance against a very good team,” he said. “Our defense has really started to become proficient with some changes we made this year.”

Waconia 3, Chaska 3
Hosting Chaska on Sept. 22, Bruggeman said the section rival was the favorite to win, based on paper.

“However, Chaska found themselves a little fortunate to leave tow with a 3-3 tie as our team really played one of our best games of the year,” he said.

The Wildcats showed depth in scoring with their three goals from three different players: Christensen (assisted by senior Grace Watson), Luce (assisted by Christensen), and junior Bailey Breeggemann (assisted by Christensen).

“All of our seniors played great on their day and demonstrated the leadership and maturity you’d expect from our most seasoned players,” Bruggeman said.

With the host of goals scored this week, Christensen is currently ranked No. 13 in the state for goals scored, with 14.