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Boys Soccer: Red Wing drops fifth straight

Red Wing's Zach Rademacher (19) boxes out Northfield's Joel Hadro as he looks for a pass during the first half of Thursday's Missota Conference match at Red Wing High School. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Playing to a 0-0 first-half tie with Northfield on Thursday, Red Wing looked like it may be able to climb out of its recent funk. But second-half woes continued to plague the Wingers as the Raiders came away with a 2-1 Missota Conference victory at Red Wing High School.

“All things considered, we’re pretty happy with how it went tonight,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “Northfield has been a conference powerhouse the last three or four years, and coming off the loss to Holy Angels, this was a better game for us. We did control a lot of this game.”

With the loss, the Wingers have lost their last five games by a margin of 22-5.

Just 31 seconds into the second half, Northfield put up the game’s first goal as Erick Martinez raced past the Red Wing defense for a breakaway score.

After a strong defensive first half, the quick second-half goal was a little jarring to Red Wing.

“Defensively, we were absolutely wonderful. The defense was holding the line really well,” said Wingers’ goalkeeper Andy Tarr. “Overall, we did a pretty good job, we just had a couple defensive breakdowns there in the second.”

With 30:59 left in the game, Red Wing’s Jacob Zebro got tripped up while rushing towards the Raiders’ net. After deliberation from the referees, the Wingers were awarded a penalty kick. Teagan Olin took the shot, beating the Northfield goalie to tie the game.

“Teagan does a good job keeping a cool head, and that’s the fourth or fifth time he’s made that big shot,” Quigley said of Olin’s ability in penalty shots. “He’s a nice, stone-cold player to have to take shots like that.”

Tarr made a trio of miraculous saves from the ground with 25 minutes left in the game, but the Raiders took the lead for good in the 57th minute on another goal from Martinez.

“We are struggling to get going in the second half,” Quigley said. “That’s been our pattern as of late.”

As time winded down in the game, Red Wing got two more quality opportunities. With 7:40 left, the Wingers made a charge before the ball ended up going out of bounds on the back line. Then with 4:18 remaining, a Red Wing shot got scooped up by the Raiders’ goalie to effectively end the Wingers’ chance at a comeback.

While Red Wing is sliding, Northfield clinched its fourth win in five games.

On Saturday, the Wingers (5-6, 0-5 Missota) stay home for a non-conference match against Faribault. 

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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