Girls’ soccer likely second in WCC

Sophomore Megan Kirsch heads the ball during the Wildcats’ Sept. 24 game. Kirsch scored her first varsity goals last week.

Sophomore Megan Kirsch heads the ball during the Wildcats’ Sept. 24 game. Kirsch scored her first varsity goals last week.

The Waconia girls’ soccer team went 2-1 last week to further solidify its second place standing in the Wright County Conference.

Falling to Orono 2-0 on Sept. 24, the ‘Cats played “a great game by all accounts,” according to WHS head coach Mike Bruggeman.

“Orono is a top level team in the state and we were able to both challenge and compete with them quite well,” he said.

Tied 0-0 at the half, the Spartans proved why they are conference champions by sneaking in two goals late in the second half for the win.

“This was a disappointing loss for the team,” Bruggeman said, “though we learned a few things about team defense and approaching a game with a specific strategy.”

The Wildcats bounced back on Thursday against Mound-Westonka, winning 2-1 in overtime. Bruggeman said Waconia had a hard time finding the back of the net, but was able to thanks to quick feet from junior Trina Rinke and sophomore Megan Kirsch, who scored her first varsity goal off an assist from Rinke to win the game in overtime.

“Mound is a well organized team that always seems to challenge us in different ways,” Bruggeman said.

Cold, wet, and windy conditions made Saturday’s 6-0 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake worth the trouble. Although the ‘Cats started slow with only a 1-0 halftime lead against the 0-12 Panthers, focus improved in the second.

“We were really struggling with execution and finishing plays off,” Bruggeman said. “After the half, we improved our focus on execution and were able to find the back of the net with regularity.”

Senior Jacey Zapf logged a hat trick during the game, along with goals from senior Emily Hilk (2) and Kirsch (1).

The ‘Cats will wrap up the regular season this Saturday by hosting Chanhassen at 1 p.m. Bruggeman said the team hopes to be ready for the Section 6A tournament, which begins next week.

“We are getting several injured players back this week and hope we can build up to our best play as we head into section playoffs next week.”

 

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

 
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