October 6, 2023 at 11:14 a.m.
Chisago girls claim M8C soccer crown
Chisago Lakes 3, Zimmerman 0
The unstoppable Addyson Barrett scored twice in the second half and the always stalwart Wildcat defense shut down conference goal leader Laurie Wehmhoff to lead the Wildcats to a 3-0 win over the Zimmerman Thunder, a Mississippi 8 Conference frontrunner. The game was played at home on Thursday, September 28.
After a scoreless first half, the Wildcat offense got down to business in the second half. At the 55-minute mark, Barrett scored the first Wildcat goal with a 30-yard free kick. Barrett struck again at the 64-minute mark, scoring off a corner kick to make it 2-0. The Wildcats topped off the game showcasing incredible teamwork with seamless passes from Emily Carroll to Alexandra Bartz to Ella Perreault to Civeah McDonald, who assisted Katelyn Barnick for the Wildcats’ third goal of the half.
Chisago Lakes 2, Big Lake 0
On Monday, October 2, the Wildcats travelled to Big Lake to play the Hornets with the Mississippi 8 Conference title on the line. The Wildcats were 5-1-0 in conference play, a half-game behind the first place Hornets, 6-0-1 in the conference. Addyson Barrett scored twice for the Wildcats, and they came away with a 2-0 victory to win the conference title.
The Wildcats completely dominated the possession game and had countless shots on goal. Big Lake, having one of the best goal keepers in the state in Kadyn Dilger, was prepared. Dilger made one incredible save after another until the 23-minute mark, when Emily Carroll threaded a pass through a small gap in the Hornet defense to Barrett, who drove a low shot to the corner of the goal just out of the reach of Dilger to put the Wildcats up 1-0. The Wildcats held on to their slim lead until five minutes remained in the game. The Hornets committed a foul in their 18-yard box, and Barrett iced the match with an authoritative penalty kick into the back of the net to make the score 2-0, giving the Wildcats some breathing room as they hung on for the shutout win.
The Wildcats (8-3-3) have just two games left on the regular season. Tonight, they will play their final regular season game at home, taking on the Blake Bears at 6 p.m. And on Saturday, they will head up to Cheever Field in Hibbing to play the Hibbing/Chisholm Bluejackets at 11 a.m.
Section playoffs begin early next week, but section matchups have not yet been announced. The Wildcats are currently third in the Section 4AA QRF rankings, behind Mahtomedi and St. Anthony Village. If the Wildcats win their quarterfinal game, which will likely be at home on Tuesday, October 10, they will play a section semifinal matchup next Thursday, October 12. Once the playoff seedings are announced, the playoff brackets will be available at MSHSL.org.