Chisago Lakes 3, Robbinsdale Cooper 1 All of the excitement in this game was packed into a 10 minute span in the second half. The Wildcats scored three goals in three minutes, Cooper scored just two minutes later and Trevor Gervais came up with a great defensive play to stop a goal just five minutes after that to protect the two goal lead. It all added up to a 3-1 win for the Wildcats in a game played in New Hope last Thursday, September 27.
Hunter Lindstrom scored the game’s first goal in the 50th minute on an assist from Joey Dutcher. Just one minute later, Hunter Thompson sent a long shot over the top of the goalie to put the Wildcats up 2-0. Zach Pautz picked up an assist on the play. And Pautz scored just a minute after that, assisted by Dutcher, to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Two minutes later, the Hawks scored off of a corner kick to cut the lead to 3-1. Five minutes later, a high kicked bounced over the head of Wildcat goalkeeper Ian Lawlor and appeared headed for the net. But Trevor Gervais beat a streaking Cooper player to the ball and knocked it away just short of the goal line to keep the Wildcat lead at two goals. ‘If we given up that goal, we would have had a tougher battle on our hands because it would have given Cooper more confidence. It was a great play by Trevor.” Chisago Lakes 2, Proctor 0 Hans Gulbranson scored a first half goal on a nice thru ball assist by Miles Peterson in the first half against the Proctor Rails. But the Wildcats didn’t find any breathing room till two minutes remained in the game. Joey Dutcher was tripped in the Rails’ box.
Zach Pautz converted the ensuing penalty kick and the Wildcats headed back from Proctor with a 2-0 win last Saturday, September 29. St. Francis 4, Chisago Lakes 1 In what was clearly a winnable game for the Wildcats, misplays led to all four St. Francis goals. The Wildcats failed to take advantage of some scoring opportunities of their own and the Fighting Saints beat the Wildcats 4-1 this past Tuesday, October 2 at Chisago Lakes High School. In the first half, Miles Peterson scored the Wildcats’ only goal out of a scramble in front of the St. Francis net. The Wildcats trailed 2-1 at halftime and stayed with the Saints for most of the second half. Late in the game, the Wildcats had a good chance to close the gap. Zach Pautz stood in front of the St. Francis wall on a free kick. Joey Dutcher played the free kick through the wall to Pautz and took a nice shot, but hit the post. A couple of late goals sealed the win for the Saints. “We are improving but we are still working on some weaknesses,” said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh. “We had some major breakdowns against St. Francis.
We should have beaten Saint Francis based on their record, but despite having only three wins they’re a good team. They have had really close games in all their losses. I knew this game could turn against us. “The story of the year is that we are a young team, with five sophomore starters. We play at a higher pace against good teams and a slower pace against weaker teams. Essentially, we play to the level of our competition. We don’t have a deep bench this year.” The Wildcats (5-7-2 overall, 3-5-1 conference) will finish out the regular season with a couple of tough matchups. They’ll travel to Fridley tonight to take on the Totino-Grace Eagles in a 5 p.m. tilt. And this Saturday, October 6, they’ll hast St. Thomas at Chisago Lakes High School at 11 a.m. Section playoffs start next Thursday, October 11, with times, opponents and locations yet to be determined.state.