It was not a good week to be an opponent of the Waconia boys’ soccer team last week as the Wildcats shut down all four of their competitors and didn’t allow a single goal to be scored against WHS.
With wins over Buffalo, Delano, and Chaska, plus a tie against Holy Family, the Wildcats improve to an impressive 10-0-1 this season. Waconia currently leads the Wright County Conference and with an undefeated 7-0-1 WCC record, the ‘Cats are closing in on their third consecutive title as the conference schedule wraps up early next week. Orono is currently the WCC’s No. 2 team with a 4-2-0 conference record, 4-6-0 overall.
Waconia 3, Buffalo 0
In non-conference action on Sept. 16, the Wildcats hosted Buffalo in their only home game of the week.
The 0-0 score went deep into the second half, until senior Nik Bohman took a shot on an assist from senior James Nash that was deflected into the net. The WHS offense opened up after that, with goals from senior Charlie Spurbeck and Ethan Komro in the final minutes.
Waconia 3, Delano 0
Ten minutes in on Sept. 17, junior Anthony Shuster scored (assisted by Nash) for WHS at Delano, giving Waconia a 1-0 lead that would carry into the second half.
Senior Marcel Montiel and Spurbeck both scored in the scored half on assists from junior Truen Breegemann.
Waconia 0, Holy Family 0
A 0-0 stalemate was called after two overtimes at Holy Family on Sept. 19 as neither team was able to make goals stick in the net. Shuster was robbed of two goals, the first of which was called back for an off-the-ball push, and the second while was cleared off the goal line by Holy Family before being called a score.
“On a rain soaked field, Waconia had trouble putting the ball away,” Head coach Tyrel Seim said. “It was just one of those games where we couldn’t find the back of the net, those days happen.”
Waconia 4, Chaska 0
Fields were drier at Chaska on Saturday, as the ‘Cats put away the Hawks 4-0. Senior Jack Dirnberger started the scoring for WHS five minutes into the game, off a header from Shuster that hit the side pipe. Spurbeck scored on a penalty kick to put Waconia up 2-0 at the half.
Senior goalie John Rogers was credited with his first assist by punting the ball through the midfield, which Nash was able to swiftly pick up and put through the Chaska defense for a 3-0 Waconia lead. Montiel locked the game away by stealing a ball midfield and “blasting home” a 30-yard shot, according to Seim.
With four games in six days, Seim said it was surely a long week for the team.
“We knew we had to be consistent,” he said. “Having four shutouts in that span has built some confidence for our team.”
Seim said after graduating so many seniors from the 2012 squad, many fans assumed the ‘Cats would be in trouble this season. But thanks to the skills of this year’s defense, which includes Rogers, Bohman, Dirnberger, Kevin Kittleson, Mason Tuttle, and Austin Brueggeman, Waconia is once again the only undefeated team in the conference.
“Defensively we have been pretty solid but offensively we still need to work on anticipating where we are going with the ball and on connecting passes,” Seim said. “We turn the ball over a little too much and if we don’t improve on that, we could pay for it in the postseason.”
That postseason is coming quickly, as the Wildcats finished up the regular schedule next week.
Contact Melissa Marohl at firstname.lastname@example.org