August 31, 2006 at 7:43 a.m.
The Warriors opened the scoring just five minutes into the game as a crossing pass was mishandled by the Wildcats and headed into the net. Chris Golv tied it for the Wildcats at the 10-minute mark as he took a through ball, blew around the defender to the left and scored from about 10 yards out.
With just seven minutes left to play in the half, Amery took the lead on a play nearly identical to the one they scored on in the opening minutes and surprisingly the Warriors went into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
But the Wildcats came out with a little more fire early in the second half. Speedy forward Christian Swanberg raced down the right side of the field with the ball and looped a beautiful crossing pass to the far post. Golv headed it in for his second goal of the game tying it 2-2.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game with 15 minutes left to play. Senior midfielder Tyler Bouwens got the ball on the right side and sent a crossing pass to his brother Cameron in the middle. As the Warrior goalie rushed out to cut off the angle, Cameron, a sophomore, knocked the ball past the goalie from near the penalty spot to put the Wildcats ahead. The Wildcats shut down the Warriors for the rest of the game and emerged with a 3-2 victory.
“We were pretty sluggish to start the game,” said Wildcat goalie and senior co-captain Tommy Fitzer. “Amery is a lot better than when we played them last year. But we got enough goals when we needed them. It was nice to see the Bouwens brothers combine on the winning goal.”
The Wildcats were scheduled to take on Concordia Academy at Roseville Tuesday, August 29. They’ll host conference opponent Robbinsdale Cooper this afternoon, Thursday August 31, at 5 p.m. at the Chisago Lakes High School football field. They head back out on the road Tuesday, September 5, to take on conference opponent Totino Grace at 7 p.m.
Minnehaha Academy 2, CL 0
The Wildcats girls’ soccer team lost its season opener to the 13th-ranked Minnehaha Academy Redhawks 2-0 Thursday, August 24 at Minnehaha Academy.
Just a few minutes after the opening kick, the game was suspended for 20 minutes because of rain. After the rain delay, the Redhawks scored their two goals on scrambles in front of the net. “After the rain, we came out flat,” said Wildcat head coach Brett Kjos. “We were using a new formation, and we weren’t communicating very well. Minnehaha had a lot of through balls in the first half. We talked about it at halftime, and the girls came out and shut ‘em down in the second half. We had several opportunities to score in the second half but, unfortunately, we couldn’t put anything away.”
CL 1, Mounds Park Academy 1
Eighth-grader Cassie Trandahl scored the Wildcats’ first goal of the season, and only goal of the game, as they came away with a 1-1 tie against the Mounds Park Academy Panthers Saturday, August 26 at Chisago Lakes.
Trandahl scored midway through the first half. She received a pass from midfield, carried the ball down the left side and beat the goalie from about eight yards out to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Trandahl nearly scored again a few minutes later, but was robbed on a great save by the Panther goalkeeper.
The Panthers tied the game midway through the second half to make the final score Chisago Lakes 1, Mounds Park Academy 1.
“We lost to Mounds Park 5-0 last year,” said an enthusiastic Wildcat head coach Brett Kjos, “And I think it was 6-0 the year before that. Mounds Park is still a good team. This is probably the best game we’ve ever played. It’s really nice to see so early in the season. Our defense is really learning how to play well together. In fact, everybody played well. This is the finest core of girls we’ve ever had.”
About Trandahl, the coach said, “Cassie’s shown some flashes in practice. She was pretty nervous the first few practices. Once she settled in, though, she was making some nice runs and showed that she knew what to do off the ball. We were pleased with how well she played today.”
The Wildcats were scheduled to host Concordia Academy Tuesday, August 29. They’ll face the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks tonight, Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m. at the Chisago Lakes High School football stadium. After the Labor Day weekend, they’ll travel to Totino-Grace to take on the Eagles at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 5.