September 6, 2007 at 10:36 a.m.
A good Meadow Creek Christian front line took advantage of a young Wildcat defense, putting up four goals in the first half on the way to a 5-1 win over the Wildcats Tuesday, August 28 at Chisago Lakes.
The Wildcats started to rally early in the second half as sophomore Cameron Bouwens scored, assisted by sophomore Manuel Cruceru. Wildcat senior Aaron Bergerson appeared to score again just minutes later, but the goal was disallowed on a disputed offsides call. The Saints scored later in the half on a long free kick to make the final score Meadow Creek Christian 5, Chisago Lakes 1.
"We had some good chances to score in this one," said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh, "but we didn't take advantage of them. And the Meadow Creek front line used their experience to their advantage over our relatively inexperienced defense."
Chisago Lakes 2,
Robbinsdale Cooper 1
Senior goaltender David Berget made a save on a penalty shot with five minutes to go to preserve a thrilling 2-1 victory for the Wildcats over the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks Thursday, August 30 in New Hope.
All of the game's scoring took place in the first half. The defenses stepped it up in the second half to set the stage for Berget's big save.
"We looked very good against Cooper," said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh. "I thought we outplayed them throughout the game. We actually had several good scoring opportunities in the first half, but we just didn't finish them. David played a good game in the nets for us and made an important save on the penalty kick at the end of the game."
Chisago Lakes 8,
Two Harbors 0
The Wildcats traveled all the way to Two Harbors last Friday, August 31 and made the long trip worthwhile by pounding their section opponent 8-0.
Cameron Bouwens notched his first career hat trick for the Wildcats. Aaron Bergerson scored two goals, and Tyler Kari and Mark Shaleen chipped in with a goal apiece. Senior stopper Neil Taurinskas scored on a penalty kick for the Wildcats' final goal. The Wildcat defense played well, holding Two Harbors to just one shot on net. Goalies David Berget and Lukas Vitalis combined for the shutout.
"After the frustration from the Cooper game," said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh, "it was nice to see our guys take advantage of some scoring opportunities and put this one away."
The Wildcats were scheduled to resume conference play Tuesday, September 4 at St. Francis. They return home to face conference favorite Totino Grace today, Thursday, September 6, at 5 p.m. and conference foe Fridley at 7 p.m. Monday, September 10.