Boys Soccer: Red Wing falls in Missota finale
Closing the regular season with a third-straight win was going to be tough for the Red Wing boys soccer team. Facing Chanhassen, who has not lost since Sept. 9, the Wingers were up against the top team in the Missota Conference.
And then the rains came, making the challenge even tougher.
But Red Wing was able to hang around in the first half before the Storm ran away with a 5-1 victory.
“To be totally honest, the score isn’t terrible,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “We knew Chanhassen is a great team. We really just wanted to keep it tight. And to have it 2-0 at the half, and just have a couple of missed calls from the sideline that led to a couple extra goals, we see that game as, more or less, a 3-0 victory for Chanhassen.”
The lone goal for the Wingers was Kaden Erie’s free kick from near midfield that saw the Storm goaltender misplay a tough hop.
“Our defense kept the line and we ended up getting a free kick out of it,” Erie said. “I was basically just trying to send it in hoping someone could get a head on it and it just happened to get a bounce and go right in.”
The fortunate goal came with just 31 seconds remaining in the game, but did put a cap on an effort that included several chances that didn’t materialize.
Chanhassen also had several opportunities that the Red Wing defense was able to thwart.
“We played really well,” said defender Dylan Goggin. “(It was) not our best game, but we definitely came out strong. It was nice to see everybody fighting through it all and the adversity that we faced. We knew Chanhassen was going to be a very good team and we knew they would be very strong. So we came out with our best effort and, we’re not pleased with the score, we’re not upset either.”
What the Wingers are pleased with, if not down-right happy, is that Tuesday will likely mark the first home playoff game in school history. Quigley said the Wingers are currently in the fifth spot in the section, though complete seeding will not be known until the coaches meet Sunday. But with most teams completing their regular seasons Thursday, the chances the Wingers move down from fifth is almost nil.
“We’re really excited for the home game,” said Jack Barlow. “The band is coming for the first time.”
Should that festive atmosphere carry the Wingers to a victory, the team will hit the road for the remainder of the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean the end of the season is near. Red Wing defeated probable No. 2 seed Byron 4-1, and played No. 4 seed Kasson-Mantorville to a 2-1 loss.
“I think that we can play with any team in the tournament, and we’re ready to show them that we’re able to do so,” Quigley said.
Tuesday’s game is tentatively set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.