Boys Soccer: Wingers' season ends in Byron
The Red Wing boys soccer team hit a new high Tuesday with its Section 1A first-round victory over Faribault. But in Thursday’s quarterfinal match at Byron, the Wingers were deflated as the season came to a close with a 2-0 loss.
“We tried really hard to counter and just couldn’t really get anything to go our way,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “We didn’t really capitalize on our offensive pushes. … We needed a goal to slow them down and none went in, and they ended up slowing us down.”
For the first 62 minutes of Thursday’s match, the sixth-seeded Wingers and third-seeded Bears were deadlocked until Byron got a breakaway goal with 18 minutes left in the game.
Then 15 minutes later, the Bears cemented the victory with their second score.
“Getting that first goal in, that took the wind out of our sails,” Quigley said. “Then they get the goal with three minutes left in the game and the guys were down after that. They kind of stopped earlier than I hoped they would.”
Thursday’s loss came sooner than Red Wing had hoped, but it still was a milestone season for the Wingers. For the second straight year, Red Wing set a new school record in wins (eight), went 6-1 in section play over the regular season and hosted the first home playoff game in school history.