The Waconia girls’ soccer team began its 2013 season with a win over Watertown-Mayer last week. Hosting the Royals on Friday, Aug. 23, the Wildcats came away with a 2-1 win in regulation time.
New to the schedule this season, head coach Mike Bruggeman said the Royals proved to be a quality opponent and the ‘Cats were glad to have the opportunity to compete against Watertown-Mayer, despite some early-game nerves.
“This was the first significant varsity game for many of Friday night’s players and our nerves (and) excitement showed in the first half as we had difficulty stringing passes together and creating chances in the attacking third of the field,” he said.
In the second half, midfield possession and attacking opportunities increased for the ‘Cats as the team settled into their positions, Bruggeman said.
With two new varsity defenders and another play new to a position in the back, Bruggeman said the backfield did pretty well.
“There were very few shots on goal against us, and those shots that did come were handled well by (Kenzie) Hedlund,” he said.
Waconia’s two goals came from senior Jacey Zapf (assisted by sophomore Jaidyn Zapf) and junior Emily Zempel (assisted by junior Caroline Watson).
As the heat continues this week, Bruggeman said heat and preseason injuries will the team’s challenges.
Waconia will host Delano tonight, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. In two match ups last season, the Wildcats tied one game and won one over the Tigers. Bruggeman said tonight’s game should be a good test for the team early in the season.
Next week the Wildcats are on the road at Holy Family (Sept. 3) and Mound-Westonka (Sept. 7). They will be home again on Monday, Sept. 9 against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
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