After making it through the first round of section play on Oct. 9, the Waconia girls’ soccer team fell to the No. 3 seeded Holy Family Fire on Oct. 11.
Waconia 2, SW Christian 1
To kick off their postseason, the Wildcats hosted their first playoff game, against Southwest Christian.
“We were able to have a 7 p.m. playoff game, at home, under the lights, as a final home game for our seniors,” head coach Mike Bruggeman said. “It was a cold and windy night, though our girls did well to hold our lead and close out the game.”
Senior Kayla Christensen scored both goals for the Wildcats, on assists from senior Kelly Luce and sophomore goalie Marae Vipond (long ball out of the back). The Stars’ only goal came off a penalty kick.
“This was a good win for our seniors, the team overall, and our program,”
H. Fam. 4, Waconia 2
In round two, the Wildcats traveled to nearby Holy Family on Oct. 11. Tied 2-2 at halftime, the Fire shut down the Waconia offense in the second half and scored two additional goals to take out the Wildcats in a 4-2 game.
Having suffered a broken collar bone early in the season, junior Jacey Zapf returned to play for sections. Zapf scored both goals for the Wildcats in the first half against Holy Family on assists from sophomore Trina Rinke and senior Grace Watson.
“Unfortunately HF scored first in the second half and we were forced to take some chances to try and create a goal for ourselves,” Bruggeman said. “This opened us up in the back and we allowed a fourth goal. While the girls were disappointed in the result, we are quite pleased with our play.”
The Wildcats finished the 2012 season 7-9-2. Look for a full season wrap up next week.