|10/3/2019 3:25:00 PM|
Wildcats squeeze by Vikes
Chisago Lakes Wildcat senior Jamie Mower scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes into the first half, and the Wildcats managed to make it hold up against a determined North Branch Viking team for a 1-0 win. The game was played last Thursday, September 26 at North Branch High School.
Mower’s goal came as part of a give and go with Braydon Byrds down the middle of the field. Mower ended up with a breakaway and shot the ball into the lower right-hand corner of the net to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. The Vikings controlled play much of the rest of the half, but the Wildcats had the best scoring opportunities. In the 29th minute, the Wildcats played a high through ball that looked like it would result in a breakaway. But 6’6” Viking defender Mason Maroschek leaped into the air and headed it back down the field the other way to thwart that opportunity. The Wildcats also hit the crossbar with about five minutes to go in the half.
In the 46th minute, Viking Garrett Korkowski got possession inside the Wildcat box to the right of the net and, even though he was well-defended, got off a quick shot what went just wide of the right post. In the 51st minute, one of the Wildcats made a run down the right side and got off a tough angled shot deep in the Viking box from outside of the right post. Viking goalkeeper Tanner Bollman came out to challenge the shot and made a diving save to his right to keep it a one-goal game. In the 64th minute, the Vikings put a ball across the Wildcat box, but got off only a weak header that proved to be an easy save for Wildcat goalkeeper Dominic Driscoll. Less than a minute later, Wildcat Mower made a run down the left side and got off a shot that looked like it was headed for the inside of the left post, but Bollman made a great diving save to his left, knocking the ball out of harm’s way. With ten minutes left in the game, Mower slid a pass through the box. His teammate just needed to tap it in for a goal, but instead he blasted it over the crossbar. The Wildcats kept the Vikings off the scoreboard for the last ten minutes, despite some pressure, to seal the win.
Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “It was good up and down game. They came out hard and we also came out ready to compete. It’s a good rivalry and it was their Parents’’ Night. And the guys from both teams play together in the summer. I feel that we missed a couple of easy opportunities and we gave up a few shots we shouldn’t have given up. We played well in the back. Defender Jacob Docniak and our goalkeeper, Dominic Driscoll, played especially well. North Branch put a lot of pressure on us the whole game and we really had to work hard to earn this win.”
Chisago Lakes 2, Big Lake 0
The Wildcat boys’ soccer team scored two first half goals on Senior Night at home against Big Lake on Tuesday, September 24. We’ll never know if the Hornets could have come back, because lightning wiped out all but the first two minutes of the second half, and the Wildcats came away with a 2-0 win.
All eleven seniors - Andrew Johnson, Jacob Lowrey, Jamie Mower, Zach Hennen, Jackson Nelson, Josiah Modean, Luke Wille, Jackson Phillips, Jacob Docniak, Jacob Bense, Josh Kasper – started for the Wildcats. Even after the Wildcats subbed back in their regular lineup after a few minutes, they struggled to score early. Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “They did a good job keeping us to the outside. They really made us earn goals in this game.” Big Lake is in a rebuilding mode and started an eighth grader and a couple of freshmen in this game.
The Wildcats finally got on the scoreboard in the 25th minute of the first half. Braydon Burds took a shot from the top of the 18-yard box. The goalkeeper was screened, and the ball went past him and into the back of the net before he had a chance to react. The Wildcats doubled their lead in the 31st minute. The Wildcats pulled the Hornets’ center midfielder, their best player, out toward the middle of the field and took the ball right back down. Jamie Mower passed it to Ethan Carlson, and Carlson shot it into the upper right corner of the net to make it 2-0. The teams came out after halftime, but the game was shut down due to the aforementioned lightning almost immediately and never resumed, giving the Wildcats the win.
Chisago Lakes 1, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 1 (O.T.)
On a wet, narrow field at Cloquet High School, the Wildcats and the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (CEC) Lumberjacks slipped and slid to a 1-1 overtime tie this past Monday.
The game was scoreless at half. Cloquet scored to make it 1-0. With 15 minutes to go in the game, Andrew Johnson got the ball in the box and tried to get past the goalkeeper, who reached out and grabbed his leg. Johnson still got off a shot, but it missed the net. The referee awarded the Wildcats a penalty shot. Jamie Mower shot the ball past the goalkeeper on the left to tie the game at 1-1. In overtime, play went up and down, and both goalies made some good saves to preserve the tie.
“Cloquet knows how to play on their home turf,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn. ‘The field is narrow, and it was really wet on this day. We came out a bit flatfooted and had some slips in the first half. In the second half, both teams got some good scoring chances. We produced some good chances by getting the ball over the top down the middle. We have some speed with Josiah Modean and Ethan Carlson and were able to create some dangerous opportunities. It was a very competitive game.”