The Waconia boys’ soccer team improved to 5-0 on the season and in the Wright County Conference last week with wins over Holy Family and Mound-Westonka.
WHS head coach Tyrel Seim said the team is starting to find real chemistry and is enjoying early season success, but knows the work it will take to maintain all season long.
“This team has come a long way in four games and we will continue to work to get better,” Seim said. “As we learn to anticipate offensively and defensively, we should be able to produce more goal scoring chances and keep better possession of the ball. It’s a nice start to the season so far, but we know that we have to be consistent all season and continue to get better.”
Defeating Holy Family 4-2 at home on Sept. 3, Seim said the game was exciting and hard fought.
Four minutes into the game, senior Marcel Montiel fed the ball to senior Charlie Spurbeck, who faked out two Fire defenders to score the first goal of the game. Holy Family managed a shot past WHS goalie John Rogers with 10 minutes to go in the half to leave it at 1-1 at the break.
In the second half, senior defender Mason Tuttle scored a 40-yard free kick goal to put Waconia up 2-1.
“I was surprised Coach wanted me to take the free kick but after it went in, the team got pretty pumped,” Tuttle said.
Holy Family tied it at 2-2 minutes later, before Spurbeck found the back of the net once again for a 3-2 lead. With under 10 minutes to go, senior James Nash flicked in a free kick from Tuttle to seal the 4-2 win for Waconia.
Rogers made eight saves in goal for the WHS victory.
For Saturday’s game at Mound-Westonka, the heat index sat at around 100 degrees and so the Wildcats wanted to get ahead early in the game while keeping the White Hawks out, Seim said.
Spurbeck again scored the first goal of the game, on an assist from junior Camden Weppner. Weppner later fed the ball to Tuttle for a goal from 30 yards out. Waconia led 2-0 at the half.
Montiel scored in the second half off an assist from Nash, before Spurbeck took a corner shot and fed it to junior Tim Widmer for Waconia goal number four.
Waconia hosted Glencoe-Silver Lake on Sept. 9 and took down the Panthers 6-1, after building a large 5-0 halftime lead. WHS is now 5-0 this season as the team approaches the halfway point of the schedule.
Up next, the Wildcats are prepping for a string of road games at Hutchinson (Sept. 12), Delano (Sept. 17), Holy Family (Sept. 19), and Chaska (Sept. 21).
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