Waconia boys split games

The Waconia boys soccer team continued the brutal schedule laid before them, splitting a pair of games last week as they faced the second best team in the state, and prepare to take on the No. 1 team this week.

Waconia 0 Breck 3

The Waconia Boys Soccer team continued on their difficult schedule taking on No. 2 ranked Breck High School.

Fresh off a last second win over Shakopee the confidence showed in the first half. Waconia looked to force Breck into long shots knowing that sophomore goalkeeper Nathan White was likely to save anything from outside the 18 yard box.

“We feel pretty good about being able to defend, Nate is a solid goalie,” said Karl Welbes.

After White made nine first half saves, Breck came out firing and looked to finish Waconia early in the second half. After five straight chances Waconia got a counter attack through junior Ryan Frisinger, but his carry down the sideline was halted by a foul and the free kick didn’t bother the Breck goalie.

“They held the ball well and created a lot of chances but we still were able to create a few of our own,” said Frisinger.

As Waconia looked to play Breck deep into the second half they committed a foul deep in their own half. This was a dangerous spot where junior All-State player Erik Smits was able to send in a left foot bending cross that deflected into the Waconia net his first of two assists on the night.

“That was unfortunate as we we’re playing well, good teams make you pay on set pieces so we have to continue to be disciplined and delay in our own half,” said Erick Valenzuela.

With the wind seemingly taken out of their sails, Waconia allowed two more late goals to fall 3-0 to Breck.

“This is important we see this level of competition, it will prepare us for Orono and our tough section later in the season,” said Coach Seim.

Waconia will be taking on No. 1 team in the state Orono this Thursday at 5 p.m. at Bayview.

Waconia 3 – Hutchinson 1

Coming off of three very challenging games, Waconia started off strong as they played a very hard working Hutchinson team. Waconia jumped out fast as senior Christian Honnold ripped a shot that the goalie was only able to deflect and senior Erick Valenzuela scored his first goal of the year barely over a minute into the game.

“We hadn’t had that much space our first three games so I stepped through and ripped a shot and Ricky works so hard I knew he would be there to finish,” said Honnold.

Less that 8 minutes later, Waconia continued to put the pressure on as junior Ryan Biehn played junior Ryan Frisinger a through ball and he buried it past a stranded Hutchinson goalie to make it 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the game.

“We have been working on combining a lot in practice so it was great to have Frisinger and I combine for a goal up top,” said Biehn.

The pressure was kept on as Valenzuela played a through ball to senior Cal Sinclair and his breakaway effort hit the woodwork much to the chagrin of the crowd.

“The Varsity girls team and the JV boys were cheering so loud for a goal, I figured that was in but it hit the wrong side of the pipe,” said Sinclair.

As the pressure mounted, senior Karl Welbes found sophomore Will Falkman in open space, instead of taking the easy left foot tap in he cut back and dazzled with some footwork before finishing in the lower right corner for his first varsity goal.

To end the half, Falkman found the ball at his feet after a Hutchinson turnover but he slipped on his effort to score a brace.

“It felt good to get that first one, Karl played a great ball and hopefully we can keep scoring,” said Falkman.

Waconia continued with many chances in the second half including by goalie Nathan White who made a cameo in the field and was played on goal by sophomore Mason Wellnitz but his shot went flying high and wide of the net.

“The Waconia goalies always try to score a goal in their careers so I would like to continue that tradition,” said White.

Unfortunately Waconia committed a foul in their own half that they paid for again as Hutchinson hit a deflected ball past a stranded sophomore P.J. Hayes who had no play on the ball to end the chance of a shutout.

“It was my first varsity game and I was hoping to keep a clean sheet, the guy drilled his shot but we need to not commit unnecessary fouls in our own half also,” said Hayes.

The schedule for the Waconia boys continues with a trip to 2A Rogers and No. 1 Orono this week.