September 15, 2023 at 10:57 a.m.
AREA SOCCER ROUND UP
Chisago Lakes Girls
The Wildcat girls (3-1-2) trailed 1-0 at halftime to the St. Croix Prep Lions but scored twice in the second half to tie the game at 2-2. Neither team scored in overtime. The game was played Tuesday, September 5 at Chisago Lakes High School. Addy Barrett had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats. Katelyn Barnick scored the other goal, and Makenna Olson picked up an assist.
The Princeton Panthers program is struggling, to say the least. The Wildcats took it easy on them and still beat them 17-0 at home on Thursday, September 7. Addy Barrett led the way with three goals and three assists. Katelyn Barnick had two goals and three assists. Taylor Kubalek, Emily Carroll and Civeah McDonald each scored two goals. Scoring a goal apiece were Zoey Nash, Lexy Bartz, Ella Perreault, Madelyn Luger, Emma Knabe and Madelyn Anderson. Luger and Anderson also had two assists each. Players credited with one assist each were Ella Allen, Paige Peterson, Isabella Heinsch, and McDonald.
The Wildcats then rolled over the Becker Bulldogs 7-1 Monday, September 11 at Becker. Addy Barrett notched her second straight hat trick and also picked up an assist, and now has nine goals and six assists for the season. Maybe she is that big scorer the Wildcats were looking for. Lexy Bartz scored two goals, and Emma Knabe and Taylor Kubalek also scored a goal apiece. Katelyn Barnick had two assists.
North Branch Boys
After starting the season 0-3, the Vikings have improved to 1-3-2 with some solid play in three home games.
Against the St. Francis Fighting Saints on Tuesday, September 5, the Vikings came out strong and aggressive, and controlled a lot of the first half. The first goal of the game came on a nice through ball by Chazz Johnson to a speeding Drew Detzler to get behind the St. Francis back line and drive it into the back of the net. The Fighting Saints would go onto tie it at 1-1 roughly six minutes later on an unfortunate bounce that fooled Viking goalie Jackson Puelston. The Vikings would take the lead 2-1 halfway through the second half on a nice finish by Jacob Edmonds. The Vikings had multiple opportunities to add points on the board in the first half and second half, but put it off the posts or side netting. Unfortunately, St. Francis tied the game at 2-2 with eight minutes left.
Facing Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 7, the Vikings started out strongly controlling the game. Chazz Johnson scored the first goal off an assist from Eric Flor from just outside the box. A few minutes later, Eric Flor scored on a penalty kick, and the Vikings led 2-0. It could have been 3-0 going into halftime, but the Vikings couldn't convert on their second penalty kick. Grand Rapids came on strongly pressuring the Viking defense with all of their players except one lone back defender. They scored to cut the Viking lead to 2-1. With just over eight minutes left in the contest. Grand Rapids was able to tie the score 2-2 on a ball that just squeezed under the Puelston and into the back of the net. Viking head coach.
The Vikings knew they were in for a tough match against a good Big Lake Hornets team on Monday, September 11. Last year versus Big Lake, it took double overtime to win. This year the competition was no different. Big Lake got on the board first with a header that just beat Puelston. The Vikings countered close to the end of the first half when center back Carson Weber got a nice feed from Eric Flor and buried it into the back of the net from just outside the 18-yard box to tie the game at 1-1 going into halftime. The Vikings boys had a fire lit under them after that and came out strong in the second half. Puelston had some tremendous saves to keep the score at 1-1. With just over twelve minutes left to play, Eric Flor scored the game winner off a nice feed from Jacob Edmonds to make the score 2-1. The Vikings would hold onto to win their first game of the season.