With a predominantly young and inexperienced Kennedy girls soccer team, the season’s first win was a big sign that the work is paying off.
The Eagles picked up a 2-1 win at St. Croix Falls to close out August on the 29th. Freshman Ruthie Gyasi scored both goals for the Eagles. The MTA 05 Premier league player’s first-half goal came off a cross from sophomore Alexia Munoz Rosales. In the second half, freshman defenseman Masie Pederson set up the second-half goal for Gyasi to take charge and run through the defense before her shot beat the keeper.
Coach Mario Lone made it a point for the coaches to prepare the team for the season, knowing the transition to the rugged varsity game is different from what most of them experienced in the past.
“We wanted to prepare them so they aren’t demotivated,” he said, noting traditionally slow starts by the team before success comes around in the final stages of the season. “We told them we aren’t focused on the results but to apply the style of play we are looking for.”
The Eagles opened September with a tough 1-0 loss at home to St. Paul Como Park on Sept. 5.
“That was a perfect example of a team made up of upperclassmen going against a relatively young team like ours,” Lone said. “In the end, they had a more physical presence and their goal came from our defense being winded. Of course, we praised the girls for creating some opportunities but we couldn’t finish the chances. The fact that we could generate some offense in an exciting way is a good sign.”
Senior Cindy Tirado Gomez scored in the season-opener against Trinity School at River Ridge on Aug. 22. Freshman Lizabeth Dominguez Castillo sent in a cross for Tirado Gomez to one-time into the Trinity goal.
Jefferson is searching for its first win of the season after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Roseville on the Jaguars turf field.
Losses to perennial powers Benilde-St. Margaret’s (3-0 on Sept. 5) and Edina (6-0 on Aug. 29) at Jefferson leave the team searching for its first goal of the 2019 campaign.
The Jaguars host Hastings (5 p.m. Sept. 12), Shakopee (4 p.m. Sept. 14) and Tartan (4:45 p.m. Sept. 17) after visiting Chanhassen for a Metro West Conference game on Tuesday, after this edition went to press.
The Spartans are 2-3 going into the second week of September, looking to stop a two-game losing streak. Perennial power Visitation shutout the Spartans 3-0 on Sept. 6 while North Branch walked off Spartan Stadium’s field with a 5-1 win on Sept. 3.
Richfield opened the season with an overwhelming 16-0 victory over Chesterton Academy before losing at St. Louis Park 4-0. Richfield added its second cleansheet of the season in a 2-0 win over New Life Academy on Aug. 29.
Richfield hosts DeLaSalle Thursday in a Tri-Metro Conference game at 5 p.m.
Third-ranked in Class A, Holy Angels remained undefeated at 5-0-1 following Saturday’s scoreless draw at St. Paul Highland Park.
The Stars picked up a 2-1 win at DeLaSalle on Thursday thanks to goals from Ciara McCrory and Mia Van der Heide. Kit Piper-Hauswirth had an assist as the team peppered the Islanders goalkeeper with 19 shots on goal. Junior Rachel Kawiecki made six saves on the night.
A pair of second-half goals was enough to come back in a 2-1 win at Duluth Marshall on Aug. 31. Van der Heide had a goal and set up Piper-Hauswirth’s goal. Cat Duffy-Shaw also recorded an assist as Kawiecki and Chloe Johnson split minutes in goal.
The Labor Day weekend trip began with a 4-0 win over Hermantown on Aug. 30. Renee France scored twice and Van der Heide had two assists. Duffy-Shaw had a goal and assist and Piper-Hauswirth added an assist. Hailey VonSee scored for the Stars as the two goalkeepers made five saves total to preserve the cleansheet.
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