‘Cats take M-W 3-2

After a tough two weeks of ties and losses, the Waconia girls’ soccer team earned a 3-2 victory over Mound-Westonka on Sept. 27. The Wildcats also fell to No. 3 (1A) Orono on Sept. 25.

Orono 3, Waconia 0
Facing the No. 3 (1A) Spartans on Sept. 25, the Wildcats weren’t able to find the back of the net.

Sophomore Emily Zempel works around two Orono defenders in the Wildcats' Sept. 25 game.
Sophomore Emily Zempel works around two Orono defenders in the Wildcats’ Sept. 25 game.

“While we weren’t able to find our way onto the scoreboard in this match, we did create several quality chances and really played good soccer against a very strong team,” Waconia head coach Mike Bruggeman said.

The Spartans are currently undefeated in Wright County Conference play, and defeated the Wildcats by the same margin in their first meeting of the season, back on Sept. 6.

“[Zero to three] was the same results as our first meeting of the year, thought the run of play was much more fluid and contentious in this second meeting,” Bruggeman said. “Overall, we left the pitch knowing that we improved from our last meeting.”

Waconia 3, Mound 2
On the road at Mound-Westonka during the White Hawks’ homecoming week tested the Wildcats’ defense, according to Bruggeman.

“Our proven defense did just what we worked on in practices over that past week and held under heavy pressure late,” he said.

The Wildcats dominated play early in the game and scored all three goals in the first half, off the feet of senior Kelly Luce, sophomore Emily Zempel, and senior Kayla Christensen. Assists came from Christensen and Luce. The White Hawks scored their second goal late in the second half, but the Wildcat defense held strong to win the game.

The Wildcats are currently 5-7-2 this season and will wrap up the regular schedule this weekend at Chanhassen. Section seeding will be announced early next week.