Girls Soccer: Red Wing closes regular season with loss to Chanhassen
Playing in its final regular season game, and celebrating Senior Night at the same time, the Red Wing girls soccer team may have hoped for better weather and a better outcome. But moments after falling 4-0 to Chanhassen, sunshine and the playoffs were far from the minds of the players.
“The rain is always fun. It’s fun to slide in the rain,” said Red Wing goalie Serena Scanlon.
Added co-head coach Paul McNamee: “It’s fun, absolutely. When they’re little kids, they go out because this is the best weather to play in. I think everyone on this field is like, ‘Sweet,’ until it’s starts to be unfamiliar, like, ‘The ball didn’t do what it’s supposed to do there,’ and, ‘I have no control over my body.’ Those things happen in this weather, but it’s fun.”
The second half for the Wingers was certainly more enjoyable than the first half. The Storm scored all four of their goals in the first 40 minutes before Scanlon and the defense clamped down. Scanlon, and the adjustments she made at halftime, were a big key to the final 40 minutes.
“It was definitely what the ball was going to do, but also how our players played. We all did really well. We did a lot better than last year, so you can’t be mad about that at all. I’d call it a really good game,” Scanlon said.
McNamee knew that goaltending would play an even larger part of the game than normal, saying the elements made any athletic advantage or disadvantage level out.
“Talking to our keepers, I told them this game might be 9-8, or it might be 0-0. You just never know with this weather,” McNamee said. “No matter what happens, you just (have to) shake it off, even more than usual. In this weather, your defense probably didn’t make a mistake, they probably slipped. And you just have to put it in the past and not worry about it.”
The past, now, is the regular season for most of the Missota Conference. While there are a few more games to be played, the Wingers can look ahead to the first round of the Section 1A playoffs next week. Where and when Red Wing plays Tuesday is still unknown as the teams won’t be seeded until Sunday, though the Wingers will likely be on the road.