Boys suffer three soccer setbacks last week

Nathan Solberg scored five goals in three junior varsity games last week. Photo by S. Lee Epps

Down several starters, youth showed as the Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston soccer boys (0-10) dropped all three games last week to Coulee Christian, St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura and Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

“We scored in three consecutive games which was a great achievement for us as a program on the rebuild,” said head coach Daniel McGonigle. “Even though the results don’t show it, I feel we’re heading in the right direction.”

>>>Coulee Region Christian 3, C/SG/H 2

On the road on Sept. 24, the Warriors received goals first from freshman Gabe Morey and later by freshman Jonah Udstuen off of a penalty kick by Austin Meyer. 

Morey got the scoring started with a nice goal on an assist from Eric Myhre.

“Both Jonah and Gabe are players I’ve coached for years and trust all over the field,” said McGonigle. “Udstuen, who normally plays defense, has also been moving up and down the formation based on his talent and skill set.

“We had a penalty kick, and I sent Jonah up to help crash the net,” McGonigle said. “He was in the right place at the right time as the keeper stopped the penalty shot, and Jonah was in perfect position for the rebound.”

Again, like the loss to Winona Cotter, Coulee Christian got a late goal to take the one point win.

>>>St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura 8, C/SG/H 1

The next day, the Warriors fell behind early.

“It was a cold night, and some of our kids tightened up,” said McGonigle. “I don’t think mentally we were prepared for the obstacles the weather was going to throw at us, and that’s on me.”

The Warrior goal came in the first half when senior Seth Forrester sent a perfect ball in on a free kick.

>>>P-E-M 8, C/SG/H 0

In a Sept. 29 make up game, the Warriors traveled to Plainview.

The Warriors were young on defense thanks to the injuries, and it started to show.

“We played several combinations that weren’t used to playing together,” McGonigle said. “A mistake here and there and suddenly the game got out of control.”


Eighth grader Nathan Solberg scored five of the six Warrior goals during three junior varsity games last week, including three goals during a 4-1 victory at Coulee Christian. 

“He is a player who we trust to play varsity minutes for us, so we were happy with how well he played,” said McGonigle.

Solberg and Owen Zahn scored in a 5-2 loss vs. SC/L-A. 

Solberg scored the tying goal during the second half of a 1-1 tie with P-E-M. That draw also featured excellent goal keeping by August Allen.

This week and next

The Warriors hosted Stewartville on Oct. 1 and traveled to La Crescent-Hokah the next evening. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Warriors host the rematch with Winona Cotter on Parents Night.

The regular season wraps up on Oct. 6 as the boys host a make up game against P-E-M.