Thursday, September 24, 2015
Waconia High School
Fans in attendance for the match between the Waconia Wildcats and the Rockford Rockets witnessed a beautiful game of soccer that featured precise passing, ball possession, shots, breakaways, two beautiful goals and plenty of opportunities to score.
The brand new stadium at Rockford High School is a beautiful surface to play soccer. The artificial grass is packed in and the ball plays smoothly and fast.
The Wildcats came out determined to maintain possession of the ball and make their opponent chase after it. Just 4 minutes into the half, the wildcats had 2 back-to-back clear chances to open the score, but timely dives by the Rockford goalkeeper denied the goal scoring opportunity.
Although the minutes passed in the first half without a goal, the Waconia soccer team did not despair, but instead upped the tempo of their passing. At the 38th minute, senior McKenna Turner chased down a ball deep in Rocket territory and won a corner kick for the Wildcats. Freshman Mackenzie Ickert took the kick and after a temporarily clear by the local goalkeeper, senior Kortney Genske rocketed a right footed shot that found the far post to make the score 1-0. Genske’s second goal of the season gave Waconia some breathing room heading into the halftime break.
The second half featured some great offensive runs by freshmen forward Alexis Carmer and Mackenzie Ickert that resulted in multiple shots on goal and corner kick opportunities for the Cats. However, it was senior Megan Kirsch receiving a throw in from Kate Livermore deep in the Rocket goal area that resulted in the second Wildcat goal. Spinning to the inside, the team captain turned to the inside and fired a shot near post just when everyone was anticipating a far post one. The goal sealed the victory for the Waconia Wildcats who improve their overall record to 7-2-2 and are now 5-0-1 the Wright Conference.
Up next for the Wildcats is a tough opponent in Buffalo High School at Bayview Elementary on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.