Monday, September 14, 2015
Holy Family Catholic High School
Waconia High School
The Waconia Wildcat girls varsity soccer team won a highly contested soccer match at Bayview Elementary versus a determined Holy Family Catholic team. Down two goals early in the first half, the wildcats engineered a masterful come back, scoring 3 goals of their own in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half.
A defensive miscue saw the wildcats give up a goal at the 3 minute and 26 second mark of the first half when a shot from 18 yards out by Holy Family found the way to the back of the net. Just 30 seconds later, a redirected header by Samm Duslin made the score 0-2 and silenced the crowd in attendance at Bayview Elementary. The score could have been worse at the halfway point of the match, were it not for great defensive efforts by goalkeeper Erin Larsen and defensive specialist Emily Seehusen. A breakaway by the skilled Holy Family forwards was cut short by Seehusen who intercepted the pass and cleared the danger. Goalkeeper Larsen joined the effort by sliding to the feet of a rushing forward and securing the ball when a goal appeared imminent.
Lead by seniors Taylor LeMasters, Jaidyn Zapf and Kortney Genske, the waconia varsity team took the field to begin the second half determined to control the ball and find space behind the defensive midfield line of Holy Family.
After winning the ball back in the midfield, Junior Makena Pederson received a ball from Genske and played Jaidyn Zapf on a diagonal run into the box. Zapf eluded the goalkeeper and found the far post with a great inside-the-foot shot to cut the lead to one goal. Minuets later, an errant punt found its way to Taylor LeMasters who, with great finesse, put captain Megan Kirsh one-on-one with the goalkeeper and the speedy forward did not disappoint the crowd with her finishing touch. With less than 4 minutes gone by in the 2nd half, the wildcats had tied the game and were hungry for more goals. A free kick from 35 yards out provided a great scoring chance and senior Kortney Genske shot on goal and scored her first varsity career goal with a powerful strike that the Holy Family goalkeeper could not contain.
Although additional scoring chances were present, the Holy Family defense did not allow them in, and as a result the game ended with a victory for the Wildcat soccer team, who improved to 3-1-2 overall and 2-0-1 conference record.
Up next for the Wildcats is Glencoe-Silver Lake on Tuesday 9/15/2015 at 5pm at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School.
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