‘Cats top GSL, Hutch, Shako

Josh Reich chases down a loose ball during the Wildcats’ Sept. 9 game against G-SL.

Josh Reich chases down a loose ball during the Wildcats’ Sept. 9 game against G-SL.

The Waconia boys’ soccer team string of wins continued last week, as the Wildcats picked up two conference wins and a victory in nearby Shakopee to remain undefeated at 8-0 so far this season.

In a 6-0 shutout victory on Sept. 9, the Wildcats handily took down Glencoe-Silver Lake and Waconia was able to utilize its entire bench during the game.

“It was a good game to make sure we got all of our players in the game,” WHS head coach Tyrel Seim said. “We were working on some specific tactics in the second half which slowed down the attack and showed we still have some areas to get better in.”

Jack Dirnberger keeps the ball from a defender during the same game.

Jack Dirnberger keeps the ball from a defender during the same game.

The ‘Cats led 5-0 at halftime thanks to first half goals from junior Truen Breegemann (assisted by senior Marcel Montiel), junior Parker Aschenbrenner (assisted by senior Charlie Spurbeck), senior Ethan Komro (assisted by junior Austin Bruggeman), Montiel (assisted by senior James Nash), and a second by Aschenbrenner (this time assisted by junior Camden Weppner). Montiel scored the ‘Cats only second half goal on a 30-yard shot over the G-SL goalkeeper’s head.

At Shakopee on Sept. 10, the Wildcats took a 2-0 halftime lead with goals by Nash (assisted by Spurbeck) and Montiel (assisted by Breegemann).

A “sensational save” by WHS senior goalkeeper John Rogers kept the game at 2-0 midway through the second period, before Waconia extended its lead with a goal from Montiel, assisted by Breegemann.

Comfortable with the lead, Seim said it seemed like the ‘Cats went into cruise control and within a matter of minutes, Shakopee had put two goals through the Waconia defense for a now close 3-2 game. The last 10 minutes of game were intense, according to Seim, as both teams had opportunities to score but Waconia held out for the 3-2 win.

“These are the games where you really find out if our guys can stay focused, we almost gave one away because we got too comfortable on the field,” Seim said. “It was a good lesson that a game isn’t over until the ref blows the whistle.”

The week ended Sept. 12 with a 4-0 conference victory at Hutchinson. Nash put in two first half goals for WHS, assisted by Montiel and Breegemann, for a 2-0 Waconia lead. Nash then completed his hat trick in the second half thanks to excellent weaving through Hutchinson’s defense by senior Nik Bohman.

With two minutes left, Komro finished off the game for WHS with an unassisted goal to put Waconia up 4-0.

Now at 8-0 overall, 7-0 in the conference, Seim said the next few weeks should be a challenge with a handful of really good teams on the schedule.

“We will know how good we really are by the end of this week and what areas we really have to improve in,” he said. “We are happy to be 7-0 and it seems crazy to talk about how we still have room to grow as a team and individually, but we are going to continue to push ourselves.”

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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