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October 22, 2018

10/4/2018 3:48:00 PM
Chisago Lakes girls soccer moves to 10-4 on the season

Chisago Lakes 2, Buffalo 1
Avery Constant and Megan Cartier scored six minutes apart in the first half and it was enough to lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over the Class AA Buffalo Bison last Thursday, September 27 at Chisago Lakes.

The Wildcats put the first score on the board at the 16-minute mark when Estefani Hanson sent a chip through the Bison defense to Avery Constant, who broke loose and finished a shot past the keeper and into the net.  The Wildcats struck again at the 22-minute mark with a corner kick delivered from Kellie Higgins to the foot of Megan Cartier, who hammered home goal number two.  The Bison were able to tighten up the game in the 57th minute with a head flick over the Wildcat defense to the far post, where they knocked it in.  The remainder of the game turned out to be a defensive back and forth battle, with the Wildcats coming out on top 2-1  
Chisago Lakes 2, Duluth Denfeld 0
Estefani Hanson scored early and Kellie Higgins later scored a highlight-film goal on a corner kick to give the Wildcats a 2-0 win over the visiting Duluth Denfeld Hunters.  The game was played Saturday, September 29 at Chisago Lakes High School.

The Wildcats came out strong.  In the seventh minute they pushed the Hunters into the attacking third   Claire Meyer passed the ball to Hanson, who fired a shot from 30 yards out, grazing the underside of the crossbar and going into the net for a 1-0 lead.  The Wildcats dominated possession throughout the half with numerous scoring chances, but it remained at 1-0 at the intermission.  In the second half, the Wildcats continued to dominate.  In the 67th minute, the Hunters kicked the ball over the end line in their own zone and the Wildcats were awarded a corner kick.   Higgins kicked a stunning tear drop, arching shot squarely into the upper corner of the net for an unassisted corner kick goal.   Thirteen minutes later, the Wildcats had another win.

Wildcat head coach Wayne Kugel said “I couldn’t be more happy with this team.  They have battled through countless injuries and setbacks.  It’s truly been the ‘next girl up’ and they have been incredibly resilient.”
Soccer Notes
The victory over Denfeld put the Wildcats (10-4-0) into double-digit wins for the season.

The Wildcats have just two more games left in the regular season.  They will head up County Road 14 to North Branch to play the Vikings on their brand-new field.  The game starts at 7 p.m.  And they will play Minnehaha Academy at the Minnehaha Academy North Campus Field on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The section playoffs start next Thursday, October 11.  We will have a playoff preview in next week’s Chisago County Press.

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