But it would probably be a stretch to say that she saw this coming.
The Royals won both their games last week, routing both PACT Charter School and Mayer Lutheran by identical scores of 8-0, extending the team’s winning streak to four games and its stretch of domination to several weeks.
In the last four games, the Royals have outscored their opponents 30-0, including three straight 8-0 shutouts. Their last loss was a 3-1 loss at St. Croix Lutheran on Sept. 14, but before that, they shutout Glencoe-Silver Lake, 6-0. Their only other loss in September was a 3-1 loss at Southwest Christian on Sept. 10, but the match before that was a 10-0 win for the Royals over International School.
“In the last six games, we’ve outscored our opponents 36-3, which is far beyond anything I’ve ever seen as both a player and a coach,” head second-year head coach Lindsey Rague said.
The Royals have outscored their opponents 52-7 while going 8-2 since that 0-4 start to the year. The Royals are now 8-6 on the year.
“It’s an exciting time for our squad because everybody is scoring, everybody is contributing and everybody is walking off the field after the game is done feeling good about how their playing,” Rague said.
The Royals had eight players team up to score their 16 goals last week, with both Mara Hecksel and Oliva Wabbe notching their first of the season. Claire Killian, Katie Heilman, Miranda Boll, Allison Anderson, Ify Nwankwo and Bailey Barden all scored last week for the Royals as well.
“Our speed of play is phenomenal and our technical quality has improved dramatically,” Rague said.
The Royals entered this week with only two regular season contests remaining. They played a very winnable game against Rockford (2-9-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 1, before they will face a stiff test against Minnehaha Academy (7-3-4) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Minneapolis.
“With only a week left in the regular season, I think we’re peaking at the perfect time,” Rague said. “As a program, we’ve never made it out of the first round of the section tournament, we truly believe this could be the year we accomplish that goal. We haven’t been scored on in five of our last six games, and if we can keep our defense playing the way they are and keep that 0 up on the scoreboard, we have a real shot to do something special this year.”
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