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Girls Soccer: Shakopee too much for Red Wing

Red Wing's Meagan Brown (27) fights off a Shakopee defender for the ball during the first half of Thursday's Missota Conference match at Red Wing High School. Photo by Joe Brown

Facing a Shakopee team that hadn't lost a Missota Conference match since Sept. 29, 2009, Red Wing head girls soccer coach Dustin Beckman knew his team was in for a challenge at home Thursday.

The Sabers won 6-1 over Bloomington Kennedy, then followed it up with a 5-1 game against St. Peter, Beckman said.

"So I knew they were going to be very strong defensively and very strong offensively.

"I told the girls, and I didn't beat around the bush, 'They're faster, but we have to use our strengths to our advantage. We got to slow them down.'"

The Wingers held the Sabers scoreless for the first 10 minutes, but following a goal in the 14th minute, Shakopee took control for the rest of the contest, winning 4-0 at Red Wing High School.

"We knew going in that it was going to be tough," Beckman said. "The girls played a good game so I can't complain about the results."

In the eighth minute, the Sabers nearly punched in a goal before Red Wing defender Cheyanne Thurston kept the ball out of the goal. Getting award a penalty kick, Shakopee was unable to convert as Wingers goalkeeper Izzy DiNatale made the save.

Red Wing fought off the Sabers' onslaught for over six minutes before Ryanne Millis scored Shakopee's first goal.

With five minutes left in the first half, Katrianna Studtmann corralled the ball following a DiNatale save for another goal, putting Shakopee (1-0 Missota, 5-2) up 2-0 heading into halftime.

"They did a good job being able to react a lot quicker than us, and that's something we're still working on," Beckman said. "This was a good game to emphasize that to the girls."

Starting at the 63rd minute, the Sabers' high-powered offense punched in a pair of goals in just over a minute to bring the score to 4-0.

"We still had our gaffes out there and they found some holes," Beckman said.

Looking for its first win since Sept. 4, Red Wing (0-1 Missota, 1-5) heads to Albert Lea today to take part in a tournament in Albert Lea. The Wingers open the tournament at 9 a.m. against Fairmont Area.

"It should be a good tournament for us," Beckman said. "We'll get to play against teams that are more around our level, so we should be competitive."