Despite a strong end to their regular season, the Warrior boys soccer team seeding didn’t fall the way they’d hoped as far as seeding goes.
As far as a draw, head coach Daniel McGonigle likes his teams chances.
“We drew the #1 seed of the play in teams,” said McGonigle whose Warriors ended the year with a 4-10-1 mark. “Before this issue is published, we will have played our play in game against Winona Cotter (was held at home Monday, Oct. 7).
Win that game, and the Warriors will have traveled to take on Cannon Falls, the #10 seed, who finished the year 6-6-2.
“Teams who played both of us this year told us we match up well against them, so again, I like our draw,” McGonigle noted.
A few years ago, the Warriors blanked the Bombers, 1-0 in the tournament.
If the Warriors were to defeat Winona Cotter on Monday, and pull off the road win against Cannon Falls on Tuesday, they would then face Pine Island-Zumbrota Mazeppa on Thursday.
“We played them well on their field this year without a few of our best players out there, so again, I think we have a punchers chance,” said McGonigle.
The winner of that game will play La Crescent who earned the #2 overall seed. La Crescent, along with the other top four seeds in the conference, don’t play a game until Saturday, October 12.
Regular season ends
The Warriors took an early 1-0 lead against La Crescent on Friday, Oct. 4.
The front end of a boy/girl double header, the Warriors trailed 3-2 at the break to the Lancers.
“We gave up a penalty kick goal with eight seconds left in the first half, but I was proud of how our team led, 1-0, then we fell down 2-1 and came back and tied the game before the PK,” McGonigle said. “We were one of just three teams to score against La Crescent all year long.”
The Warriors rested and were without several key starters for the make-up game as several had trips planned given the day off of school.
“We played a lot of younger players and many out of position from where they had played all season long,” McGonigle said. “I was proud of how well we played without any time to work on the different formation.”
The Warriors would lose the game, 8-2.
“They had a kid they were trying to get a bunch of goals for who was in the running for Mr. Soccer, which they’ve done to us in previous years as well,” McGonigle said. “We didn’t have anyone who could just mark him since our defenders were all younger players so I hope his goal record is everything he dreamed it would be when the season began.”
The Warriors traveled to Winona Cotter on Thursday, Oct. 3 and left with a 2-0 win.
Goals were scored by Austin Meyer on a penalty kick and Gabe Morey on a nice ball in the second half.
“We came out and possessed the ball for much of the game,” McGonigle said. “I thought overall, we played a really smooth game and did a nice job of playing together to get the win.”
Vs. Coulee Christian
The Warriors would face Coulee Christian on a windy day and the wind would play a factor in the game.
“We went down 1-0 early against them,” McGonigle said. “When they had the wind, we had to fight as that gave them a noticeable advantage.”
The Warriors would score one goal of their own in the first half and at the break, Coulee would add two more goals for a 3-1 halftime lead.
“Once we had the wind advantage, we came out and did what we needed to do,” McGonigle said.
Nathan Solberg, a freshman, scored the tieing goal on a nice header.
Austin Meyer, Dominick Konkel who scored two goals, one on a nice corner kick in, the other in the field of play, and Solberg would score the four goals that would make up the 4-3 victory.
“I was proud of how our team hung in, played hard and put up the win,” McGonigle said. “I think it was a better way for us to get a victory than had it just been easy sledding.”