Girls Soccer: Wingers shut out by Rockets
The Red Wing girls soccer team hosted a winless Rochester John Marshall team on Saturday, but Wingers head coach Dustin Beckman knew the game would be a challenge for his roster.
With a rash of injuries, including a flare-up of a previoius tendonitis injury for senior Meagan Brown, Red Wing started a slew of bench players.
"We had a couple injuries and that was a big thing," Beckman said. "That's not to say that the girls who stepped in that spot didn't step up, but when you take someone like Meagan out of the equation that's been a huge part of our attack, there's going to be some setbacks.
"We knew it was going to be a tough, competitive game."
Sparked by three first-half goals, the Rockets cruised to a 5-0 victory for their first win of the season. After scoring five goals over its previous two games, Red Wing (1-4) was shut out for the third time this season.
The Wingers were forced to play several bench players as starters on Saturday. And while the 5-0 loss was humbling, Beckman was quick to point out the positives in getting different players in the lineup.
"You can look at it and say, '5-0, that was a bad game,'" Beckman said, "or you can look at it and say we improved a lot from where we started. ... The start of the game, a lot of the girls had nerves and you could tell."
In the 10th minute, Rochester John Marshall notched its first goal of the game when senior Lauren Reuland beat Wingers goalie Izzy DiNatale for the 1-0 advantage.
The Rockets continued to lay the pressure on Red Wing for the remainder of the first half, scoring a pair of goals in the final four minutes. With 3 minutes, 39 seconds left in the half, Anna Riester buried the ball in the back of the net. Over a minute later, Ciera Hardyman punched in a goal to put the Rockets up 3-0.
Rochester John Marshall extended its lead in the 49th minute when DiNatalie couldn't round up a free kick try by the Rockets' Kourtni Alcock. Then in the 70th minute, Reuland added another goal for the 5-0 advantage.
Red Wing applied heavy pressure in the final six minutes of the contest, but couldn't get on the scoreboard.
"We started to pick it up at the end, especially in the last five minutes of the game when we got some shots on goal," Beckman said.
The Wingers stay at home for their next two matches, starting with Winona Cotter at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Red Wing opens Missota Conference play at 7 p.m. Thursday, hosting Shakopee.