John Marshall snaps three-game loss string
The Rochester John Marshall girls soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 5-1 win at Winona.
John Marshall scored four goals in the first half and cruised to the win. The Rockets improved to 2-2 in the Big Nine Conference and 2-5 overall.
"They really clicked tonight," said JM coach Kevin Lowery.
KC Beed scored two goals and assisted on another for JM. Also for the Rockets, Katie Quinones scored two goals, Abby Schauder had two assists, Jeana Griesmann scored a goal, and Angie Foster an assist.
Maija Schmelzer was in goal for the Rockets for all but the last 10 minutes. Lowery said that senior captain Sarah Drews played a key role on defense.
"We had an injury and some illnesses on defense, and Sarah came to the middle defense from the outside and really did just a fantastic job," Lowery said.
JM has two intra-city games on deck. The Rockets play host to Mayo on Thursday at 7 p.m., and are at Century on Saturday at noon.
Century wins third in row
Amelia Kasten continued her hot scoring as Rochester Century downed Owatonna 3-1 Tuesday.
Kasten, who is the top scorer in the state, had two more goals and an assist for the Panthers. Maria Prendergast had the other goal and Lisa Tlougan got an assist. Both are also among the top 10 scorers in the state.
"The biggest thing tonight was our defense," said Century coach Karen LaDue. "We played solid defense throughout the game. The midfield was able to read the field well.
"We sort of stepped it up there."
It was Century's third win in a row as the Panthers prepare to play host to Rochester John Marshall Saturday at noon. Century is 6-2.