September 12, 2003 at 10:14 a.m.
St. Paul Johnson 0
I’m not going to say it was worth the wait, but awfully close. Last Friday the Chisago Lakes girls soccer team picked up their first win of the season, 3-0 over St. Paul Johnson.
Four minutes into the first half, Natasha Lietzau got the ball rolling with a breakaway goal. Lietzau waited for the goalie to commit before firing a bullet into the lower right side of the net.
Up 1-0, the Wildcats kept the heat on with their second goal of the game coming at the 22 minute mark. Heather Medellin controlled the ball 25 yards away from the net before lobbing the ball over the Johnson goalie. The goal made it 2-0 Chisago at the half.
Determined not to let their lead slip away, the Wildcats sealed the win with another goal in the second half, this time coming at the 61 minute mark by another Medellin, Lexi.
“It was another breakaway and Lexi used her speed to beat the defenders on a through ball and was off to the races,” said Chisago girls soccer head coach Brett Kjos. “The goalie made the initial save but was unable to control the rebound and Lexi calmly put the ball in the open net.”
After starting out the season 0-4, the 3-0 win came at a perfect time. More importantly, the ‘Cats didn’t just win, they dominated.
“We dominated throughout the game,” remarked Kjos. “It really took the pressure off of us and helped us to calm down. We are starting to come together as a team but we still need to work on our positioning and finishing. We had a lot of shots that we need to put into the back of the net instead of directly at the goalie. That will come with practice. It was a fun game and nice to actually win.”