WHS battles for WCC

The Wright County Conference girls’ soccer title is up for grabs this week as Orono (5-0-0 WCC) and Waconia (6-1-1) duke it out when the regular season wraps.
The Waconia girls’ team picked up two conference wins last week over section competitors Delano and Holy Family to pad their 2013 winning record, before a 4-0 loss on Saturday at Chaska.

Waconia 3, Delano 0

On the road at Delano on Sept. 17, the Wildcats topped the Tigers in a 3-0 match. WHS head coach Mike Bruggeman said it was nice to have the win after tying against Delano earlier this season.

Senior Jacey Zapf led the scoring with two goals and an assist. Senior Emily Hilk had one goal and one assist, while junior Haley Schoenfelder also contributed an assist.

Waconia, Holy Family 2

Hosting Holy Family Sept. 19, the Wildcats logged a first in team history with their 4-2 win.

“This was the first time beating HF twice in a season for the WHS girls’ soccer program,” Bruggeman said. “The girls were able to pick up right where we left off at the HF game earlier in the year and followed up with four more goals.”

Tight defense allowed just two Fire goals over three at the teams’ last meeting and Bruggeman said team play made for a team win.

“The girls worked as a team, maintained their organization, and had purpose with their attack,” he said. “These efforts led us to a great win!”

Zapf scored three of the ‘Cats four goals, while Hilk knocked in the other. Hilk and Schoenfelder each had one assist.

Chaska 4, Waconia 0

Injuries and fatigue finally caught up to the ‘Cats at Chaska on Sept. 21 and Waconia fell 4-0.

“We sustained a number of injuries and just weren’t able to put forth the quality of play that we have come to expect,” Bruggeman said.

He said Chaska is a strong team that is seeing success in its first year as a Class AA program.

“While disappointed with the loss, we learned a few things in this game and will take that experience forward,” he said.

Waconia wraps up the regular season next week with home games against Hutchinson (Oct. 1) and Chanhassen (Oct. 5). The Section 6A tournament is set to start Oct. 8. Bruggeman said he is proud of both the conference and section records so far this season and hopes to continue success in the coming weeks.

“We expect to get some of our injured players back throughout the week and will get the opportunity for more players to compete and help the varsity team until then,” he said.

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

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