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October 3, 2022

9/23/2022 10:50:00 AM
Wildcats get on a roll with three straight wins

Princeton 3, Chisago Lakes 0
The Princeton Tigers scored three goals in the first half and shut out the Wildcats boys’ soccer team 3-0 Thursday, September 15 at Princeton High School.  Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “We came out slow and couldn’t recover and that was kind of it.  They outplayed us, outworked us and, most importantly, put the ball in the back of the net.”

Chisago Lakes 2, Harding 1
Aidan Luger scored with 90 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over the St. Paul Harding Knights Saturday, September 17 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Jackson Hollibush scored in regulation for the Wildcats, assisted by Drake Thyen.  “Harding is a section opponent with a couple of really good players up front,” said Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn.  “We controlled the tempo of the game very well.  I thought we were the better team throughout, but we struggled to score.  It was a hot day, so maybe fatigue had something to do with that.”

Chisago Lakes 3, Big Lake 1
Collin Dunleavy scored twice to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 win over the Big Lake Hornets Monday, September 19 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Aidan Luger also scored for the Wildcats, and Luger and Reagan Her picked up assists.  Big Lake scored its goal off a corner kick when the Wildcats failed to clear the ball from the front of the net  “We really showed what our potential is in this game’” said Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn.  “We dominated in time of possession and shots on goal.  At times, we decided to get a little happy and score from too far out.  But Collin blasted a couple home and that’s good for the team and for his confidence.  We did a good job working the ball out and back and taking shots on net.”

Chisago Lakes 4, Duluth Marshall 2
It seemed like the Wildcats were barely done stepping off the bus when Aidan Lugar scored eight seconds into the game against the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers.  The game was tied 2-2 at halftime, and the Wildcats scored twice in the second half to beat the Hilltoppers 4-2 Tuesday, September 20 at the Marshall School in Duluth.    Drake Thyen, Spencer Asleson and Jacob Lavalle each scored a goal for the Wildcats, and Collin Dunleavy, Jackson Hollibush and Will Hennen picked up assists.

After Marshall star Daniel Marjwega scored in the first half, the Wildcats made some second half adjustments to take him out of the game.  The Wildcats scored in the second half going into the wind and, yes, uphill on Marshall’s weirdly configured field.  Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “We could See the fatigue on today’s bus ride.  We didn’t have a lot of energy, this being our fourth game in six days.  But Marshall had also played four games in six days, so fatigue was a factor for both teams.   We’ve now won six of our last seven games and that sends us to our huge matchup with St. Francis on Thursday with a lot of confidence.”

“We had some injury issues early in the year,” said Koehn, ”and now we finally have our full team back together.  We are making sure we have our guys in the right spots.  A referee complimented us on our play earlier this season, and I told him we were still struggling with injury issues.  He said it would be interesting to see us when we were actually ready to go and healthy.  It’s nice to get a compliment like that from a neutral observer.  Even thought we lost our first three games, all to section opponents, if we can keep up this level of play, we will go into sections with a lot of confidence.”

Soccer Stuff
The Wildcats (6-4-0) will play the Fighting Saints at St. Francis High School tonight at 7 p.m.  On Monday,  September 26 they will kick off against the Becker Bulldogs at 5 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School.  And they will play at home gain the next night, welcoming the St. Paul Washington Eagles to Lindstrom for a 6:30 p.m. game.

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