Girls Soccer: Scrappy Wingers fall to Chaska
Faced with some adversity with goalkeeper Paige Harlow out with a concussion, the Red Wing girls soccer team was forced to do some shuffling with its lineup. And while Thursday’s Missota Conference match with Chaska ended in a 3-0 loss, Wingers co-head coaches Paul McNamee and David Thurston were impressed with how the team handled the added pressure.
“They knew we were going against some high firepower from Chaska, and it was awesome to see them step up and try to slow them down,” McNamee said. “The girls were playing more defense than they’re normally asked to, and having that mindset is what helped them tonight.”
One of the most radical shifts for Red Wing came when Maddie Hardyman, one of the team’s top offensive threats, played in the net for the first half. In the first 40 minutes, she finished with 16 saves on 18 shots.
“Luckily, we got a lot of girls who have played at goalie before,” McNamee said.
It didn’t take long for the Hawks to find the net as Sydney McClure popped in a goal 56 seconds into the game. Then at the 12th minute, Maren Thompson put in a goal to put Chaska up 2-0.
With Serena Scanlon in net for Red Wing in the second half, the Wingers’ defense hunkered down, holding Chaska to nine shots over the final 40 minutes. All the while, Red Wing added some pressure with five shots on goal, an improvement over the three they put up in the first half.
“It was good to see our girls step up in the second half and hold them to half the shots while we almost doubled our own,” Thurston said.
The lone Chaska second-half goal came at the 52nd minute on a shot by Masie Miller.
Still without a win in match play, Red Wing (0-6-2, 0-1-1 Missota) heads to Holy Angels on Tuesday.