Five games in seven days for WHS girls’ soccer

Jaidyn Zapf charges toward the goal during the Wildcats’ Sept. 9 game against Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Jaidyn Zapf charges toward the goal during the Wildcats’ Sept. 9 game against Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Five games in seven days surely kept the Waconia girls’ soccer team busy last week, as the Wildcats emerged from the run 3-2.

It began Saturday, Sept. 7 as the Wildcats picked up a 2-1 win over Wright County Conference competitor Mound-Westonka.

Sam Laumann kicks the ball up field during the same game.

Sam Laumann kicks the ball up field during the same game.

Monday, Sept. 9 brought another conference victory for the ‘Cats as they took down the Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers 7-1. Seven different Wildcats scored against the Panthers, for a full team effort victory. A second conference victory arrived Sept. 12 in the Wildcats’ 5-1 defeat of Hutchinson. During the game, senior Emily Hilk, typically a defender, logged a hat trick of three goals.

Waconia suffered its first losses of the season Tuesday by falling at Shakopee in a close 2-1 game, and losing 1-0 to Orono a few days later.

“Both were one goal losses,” WHS head coach Mike Bruggeman said, “and both were on the road. While we are certainly disappointed with those results, we can take some pride in the improvement from last year versus both of those strong opponents.”

During games last week, junior defender Trina Rinke also made an offensive name for herself.

“Trina Rinke tallied a couple of goals via penalty kicks last week and has made a strong case to be our go-to penalty taker as we move forward,” Bruggeman said.

Despite the two losses and a few injuries, Bruggeman said the team continues to improve and is still on track with its goals.

Waconia faces off against Holy Family tonight at 7 p.m. and will play at Chaska on Saturday. Next week, the ‘Cats host Orono (Sept. 24) and Mound-Westonka (Sept. 26).

“This week will continue to challenge us and we’re looking forward to the opportunities,” Bruggeman said.

 

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

 
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