Lourdes battles to tie with West
MANKATO -- Emma Schmitz scored two second-half goals and goalie Paige Gallaugher made nine saves as the ninth-ranked Lourdes girls soccer team battled to a 2-2 tie against seventh-ranked Mankato West.
Lourdes head coach Sarah Groven wasn't surprised by this outcome. "We knew it was going to be a close match," she said. "West has been a powerhouse at the state level for a long time, and this game was an exciting test for us. We delivered in the second half, outshooting the Scarlets and dominating most of the half. During the first half however, we were back on our heels watching a bit, and they scored first and we were still watching."
The second half, however, was another story. "We came out to play in the second half, responding with a few adjustments," Groven said. "Simply being the first to the ball made all the difference.:
Lourdes is 3-0-1 overall and hosts KM on Thursday.
Lourdes 2, Mankato West 2, tie
Lourdes: Lizzie Leitzen 1 assist; Emma Schmitz 2 goals; Bella Talbot 1 assist. Goalie: Paige Gallaugher 9 saves.
Mankato West: Goalie: No stats submitted.
JM, Mayo play to tie
John Marshall and host Mayo played an even game and the two squads finished with a 1-1 tie in overtime in Big Nine Conference girls soccer on Tuesday night.
Both goals came in the second half and there was no scoring in overtime.
Mayo scored first in the second half Isabel Wright booted in a bouncing ball that landed inside the 18-yard mark.
Melanie Boyer tied the game later in the half for the Rockets when she scored on a penalty kick.
Both teams had five shots on goal in the game. Goalkeepers Jordan Clark of JM and Mayo's Isabella Harden each collected four saves.
John Marshall 1, Mayo 1, tie
John Marshall: Melanie Boyer 1 goal. Goalie: Jordan Clark 4 saves.
Mayo: Isabel Wright 1 goal. Goalie: Isabella Harden 4 saves.
Panthers get first win
The Century girls soccer team had opened the season with three shutout losses, so when Kristen LaDue found the net for the Panthers on Tuesday against Winona, it was a real ice-breaker.
The Panthers followed LaDue's tally with three more goals and claimed a 4-1 victory.
LaDue's score came at the 15-minute mark of the first half when she drilled a long shot through traffic into the upper left corner of the goal. Then Rylie Langer set up Lauren Murphy nicely for a breakaway that Murphy converted for the Panthers' second goal.
Emma Elliott and Addie Clarey had a goal apiece in the second half.
"It was nice to see the goals come tonight," said Century head coach Karen LaDue. "The win was both needed and deserved. The team played well tonight."
The Panthers (1-3) are at Owatonna on Thursday.
Century 4, Winona 1
Winona: No stats submitted.
Century: Addie Clarey 1 goal; Kristen LaDue 1 goal, 1 assist; Rylie Langer 1 assist; Mongi Obang 1 assist; Emma Elliott 1 goal; Lauren Murphy 1 goal. Goalie: Kate Kopp 4 saves.
Schaeffer still winless
Lake City scored a pair of goals in the first half and held off Schaeffer Academy 2-0 on Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Elizabeth recorded five saves in the contest.
The loss drops Schaeffer to 0-5 on the season while Lake City (1-3) earned its first victory.
Lake City 2, Schaeffer Academy 0
Lake City: No stats submitted.
Schaeffer Academy: Goalie: Elizabeth Carter 5 saves.