Soccer: Red Wing falls to top-tier teams
Facing two of the toughest tests in the Big Nine Conference, the Red Wing girls' soccer team had a tough time against Owatonna Tuesday with a 9-0 loss. Then on Thursday against sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Mankato West, the Wingers' defense showed signs of improvement in a 5-0 loss.
"After Owatonna, we knew we would get outgunned (against West) so we tweaked our formation," said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. "We were getting immediately pressured. Ashlyn (Nystuen) made some saves that were point-blank. She's developing into a great keeper."
On Tuesday, Nystuen made 19 saves, including 14 in the first half. Owatonna's Jordan Whalen finished with a hat trick while Sophie Amundson popped in a pair of goals. Grace Wolfe, Bria Wachowiak, Sarah Spears and Kenna West also scored for the Huskies (11-3-0, 7-2-0).
On Thursday, the Scarlets (10-0-3, 7-0-2 Big Nine) had two different players tally goals in McKenna Buisman, Kristen Rasmussen, Malia Neumann, Ashley Gustavson and Shelby Lund. Nystuen came up with 21 saves against West.
In the final week of the regular season, Red Wing (3-9-0, 1-8-0 Big Nine) will travel to Rochester Mayo Tuesday before playing Northfield at home Thursday.
Red Wing loses one, ties one
The Red Wing boys' soccer team went winless on the road this week in a pair of Big Nine Conference games, losing 9-1 to Owatonna on Tuesday before leaving Mankato West Thursday with a 1-1 tie.
Statistics for both games were unavailable at press time.
The Wingers (2-9-1, 0-7-1 Big Nine) wrap up the regular season next week with home matches against Rochester Mayo on Tuesday and Northfield Thursday.