Only down 2-0 at halftime to fourth-ranked (1A) Academy of Holy Angels was a small victory for the Red Wing boys soccer team.
But the Stars couldn’t be held down in the second half as they cruised to a 7-2 Missota Conference victory in Richfield.
“We were pretty excited (after the first half),” said Wingers’ head coach Brian Quigley. “Then we shut down in the second half trying to keep ourselves motivated when we’re down, which is something we’ve dealt with all season.”
With 18 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game, Kaden Erie was awarded a goal after his free kick attempt was knocked into the net by a Holy Angels defender. Then, with five minutes remaining, Red Wing tacked on another goal as Jacob Zebro broke loose for a one-on-one breakaway that resulted in a score.
“We got ourselves going at the end and got more possessions up top,” Quigley said. “That first goal kind of gave us a spark.”
Red Wing’s chances were limited on offense as the team was held to eight shots on net. On the other end, goalkeeper Andy Tarr had to make 16 saves in the loss.
The Wingers (5-5, 0-4 Missota) return home Thursday, hosting Northfield.