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September 15, 2019

9/5/2019 2:12:00 PM
Chisago Lakes starts out hot in girls soccer

Chisago Lakes 2, Hermantown 0
The Wildcat girls’ soccer team kicked off their season against the Hermantown Hawks, perennial Class A soccer powerhouse of the north.  The Wildcats came out quick, confident and in control.  They consistently controlled play by making excellent runs and anticipating passes.  In the 34th minute, Estefani Hanson trapped a rebounded shot and made a quick pass across the Hermantown defense to Allison Glenna, who buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Cats up 1-0. In the second half, the Hawks came out looking for the equalizer.  But the Wildcat midfield and defense stood firm.  Wildcat midfielders Claire Meyer, Alison Glenna and Estefani Hanson commanded the field, maintained possession and orchestrated attack after attack.  Hawk goalkeeper Bailey Stokke did a good job defending numerous shots from the Cats.  However, in the 65th minute, Rayna Barrett – returning from a torn ACL last year – scored off of a free kick by Kellie Higgins giving the Wildcats a two-goal cushion.  .  From there the Cats comfortably kept the Hawks at bay for their first win and first shutout.  The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School on Saturday, August 24.
Chisago Lakes 3, Cloquet-Carlton 0
The Wildcat girls’ soccer team had beaten the Cloquet Lumberjacks since 2011.   But on a beautiful day for soccer, last Friday, August 29 at Cloquet, Wildcat senior Riann Daas and her teammates made sure that didn’t happen.  Daas scored her first career hat trick while the defense and goalkeeper Dylan Grave didn’t give up any goals for the second game in a row.  It all added up to a 3-0 shutout win over the Lumberjacks.

In the ninth minute, Alyssa Hempel made a one-vs-one break to the goal while keeping the defender on her back.  As she drew out the Cloquet keeper, Gracie Meagher, Hempel sent an outside foot cross to Daas, who capitalized with a one touch finish to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.  In the 27th minute, Kellie Higgins sends a gorgeous curved corner kick to the awaiting foot of Daas, who knocked her second goal into the back of the net.   And just four minutes later, Addyson Barrett sent through ball to Daas who sent it home to complete the hat trick and give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at halftime  In the second half the Lumberjacks came out strong, but the Wildcat defense challenged every ball and held off every attack.   The Wildcats had many close shots but could not secure another goal.   When Lumberjacks did get a chance to deliver a shot on goal, Wildcat keeper Grave was there to keep the Wildcat house clean posting their 2nd consecutive shutout
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The Wildcats head to Monticello tonight to take on the Magic at 7 p.m.  On Saturday, they will take on the Forest Lake Rangers at home at 10 a.m.  And next Tuesday, September 10, the Wildcats will welcome the St. Francis Fighting Saints to town for a 6 p.m. game.

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