Crusaders soccer takes on Royals

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Soccer players compete at Watertown-Mayer High School on Saturday during the girls soccer game against Mayer Lutheran. (Melissa Priebe/Carver County News)

By James Stitt
james.stitt@ecm-inc.com

The Crusaders started off the week on both sides of a nine-goal performance, falling 9-1 at Hutchinson before bouncing back with a 9-0 win at home over International School of Minnesota. The Crusaders then went on to play a competitive game at Watertown-Mayer, but ultimately fell 3-1.

After Megan Thomas scored the lone goal against the Tigers, five different Crusaders put the ball into the back of the net against International School of Minnesota.

Kenzie Boozikee led the way with a hat trick, Elli Martin and Kylie Herrmann each scored two, and Makenna Taylor and Thomas both added one.

Thomas had a team-high three assists in the win and Boozikee had two. Katelyn Stanley, Cora Panning and Elizabeth Larson all had one.

Ellie Taylor had four saves in the shutout win.

“It was nice to bounce back in our first home game gaining some momentum into a tough opponent on Saturday against Watertown-Mayer,” coach Stefan Wismar said.

The Crusaders then traveled to Watertown-Mayer, where the Crusaders put together a strong first half.

“We played a terrific first half,” Wismar said. “The girls looked sharp from the beginning and gave us a shot to finally beat Watertown by playing to a draw in the first half.”

The first 5 minutes of the second half were tough as Watertown put in two goals. The Crusaders scored their first goal in the 30th minute off of the boot of Boozikee, but Watertown came right back and scored their third.

Mayer Lutheran had some opportunities late with a penalty kick to bring them within one, but the PK was pushed wide by Watertown’s keeper.

“It was a 1-3 loss but very proud of how we played against an always tough opponent,” Wismar said.

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