Soccer girls open playoffs this week


Therese Jore (right) competes for possession against Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Photo by S. Lee Epps
By : 
Tessa Pieper

The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston girls (2-11-3) dropped all four soccer games last week. However, all three rematches were more competitive than previous contests against the same teams. The Warriors were blanked 4-0 at Stewartville on Oct. 1, at home 2-0 by La Crescent-Hokah on Oct. 2 and on the road at Cotter 3-0 two nights later. On Saturday at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the girls did find the net in a 4-2 setback. 

The girls opened the section tournament on Tuesday of this week with the No. 14 seed and a third game against No. 11 P-E-M. The winner advances to play at No. 8 St. Charles/Lewiston-Altura on Oct. 11.

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Stewartville 4, C/SG/H 0

Stewartville started strongly with a goal in the sixth minute. C/SG/H then played solid defense until the 36th minute when the Tigers got their second goal. 

The Warriors came back in the second half and played better as a team by moving the ball more on offense. The defense held their own until the 30th and 32nd minutes of the second half when Stewartville got the last two goals.

Stewartville had 26 shots on goal to 5 for the Warriors.

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La Crescent-Hokah 2, C/SG/H 0

Both teams put up a tough fight throughout the game with neither of them scoring in the whole first half. The game truly showed the rivalry between the two teams. As the game went on, the crowd got rowdier and rowdier. 

La Crescent got two goals in in the second half, but that did not stop either team from getting wrapped up in the competitiveness of the game.

The Lancers had defeated the Warriors 8-0 in a previous game.

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 Cotter/Hope 3, C/SGH 0

Right away, Cotter played well in the midfield, passing around the middle until they could get a shot off. They kept this up throughout the first half and put up two goals. In the second half, C/SG/H had some great opportunities when the girls began playing with intensity while passing around the opposing team. 

Cotter-Hope continued to play hard as well and finished the second half by getting one more goal. Cotter/Hope had won 7-0 in an earlier matchup against the Warriors.

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P-E-M 4, C/SG/H 2

The Warriors dominated early when they put in a goal within the first few minute It came from sophomore Madison Winjum with a header off of a corner kick sent in from senior captain Katie Bechtel.

C/SG/H continued to play well with high intensity until P-E-M. tied the game and then took control, getting two more goals in the first half and one more after the break.

The Warriors then came back to score another goal in the 33rd minute off of a corner sent in again by Katie Bechtel. 

P-E-M had 13 shots on goal to 12 for the Warriors. The Bulldogs had defeated C/SG/H 3-0 in a previous game.