“We gave up our initial goal in the first half on a set piece in the 25th minute,” said head coach Daniel McGonigle. “We played really, really well, especially in the first half.”
The Warriors trailed at the break, 3-0 having given up a pair of goals late in the stanza.
“We came into the break confident, felt our adjustments were there and believed we could keep things close against a much larger school and much tougher opponent,” McGonigle said. “But we gave up two early goals, had an injury to one of our captains and suddenly, our side was filled with freshman and 7th and 8th graders.”
McGonigle said he told those players that “a lot will fall on your shoulders this year as we have plenty of players, but we’re very, very young again.”
“Depth will be an issue when the injuries start hitting us,” McGonigle said.
The Warriors pulled starting goalie August Allen mid-way through the second period and the final score ended up 11-0.
“We gave up way more than we wanted to,” McGonigle said. “But we learned a lot for our upcoming matches.”
The Warriors are attempting to transition to a more attacking style of play and with just two short weeks of working on it, the game vs. Winona public was a good litmus test for what still needs to be improved upon.
“We have a lot to teach as it relates to our new offense,” McGonigle said. “Our Sept. 3 game vs. PEM was moved to Sept. 9 so we aren’t in action again until Sept. 5 with gave us over a week between games. We’ll really dive in on the practice field and take another step forward.”
The Warriors will host St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura on Sept. 5. They host PEM on Sept. 9 and then begin a busy stretch where they host Dover-Eyota on Sept. 10.
“It will certainly put pressure on those younger guys as our depth is tested,” McGonigle said.