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Girls Soccer: Small victories lead Bombers to first win

Cannon Falls' Gina Grosland (5) and the rest of the Cannon Falls girls soccer team celebrate after getting their first win in school history Monday in a 3-1 victory over Prairie Seeds Academy. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 3
Cannon Falls' Ashly Serres (17) tries to keep the ball away from a Prairie Seeds Academy defender during Monday's game in Cannon Falls. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 3
Cannon Falls' Alana Robinson chases down a ball during the first half of Monday's match against Prairie Seeds Academy at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. The Bombers got their first ever win, 3-1. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)3 / 3

CANNON FALLS – Throughout its inaugural season, the Cannon Falls girls soccer team has measured victories is ways other than wins and losses.

“There are so many wins that don’t get in the record books,” said Bombers’ head coach Anne Davisson. “The wins when we practice something and we see it in the game, or when they have an idea that doesn’t work and they try it again and it does work, those are the wins we’ve had.”

But in its final home game of the season Monday, Cannon Falls finally pieced together its first win in school history with a 3-1 victory over visiting Prairie Seeds Academy.

After the milestone win, the players celebrated in unison, and parents and students went to midfield and made a tunnel for the victorious players to run through in support of the first-year program.

“We honestly didn’t think we’d get a win,” said Bombers’ junior Ashly Serres, grinning from ear to ear. “To come here and get a win was amazing. I can’t wait to go to school tomorrow.”

Monday’s game with the Lycans was a microcosm of the growth Cannon Falls has had this season. The Bombers kept play in their offensive end for most of the contest. Up until a couple weeks ago, that was an unfathomable part of the game for the inexperienced team.

“Against Schaeffer Academy (on Sept. 12), it was the first time we were on our offensive side of the field and we didn’t know what to do,” Davisson said. “These girls now know once they can get it down there, there are other things they can do other than run around and look scared.”

And after a scoreless first half, the Bombers grabbed their first lead of the 2013 season when sophomore Aleena Kearns battled through traffic in front of the net to net a 1-0 lead.

Later in the half, Serres broke free from the Prairie Seeds defense and snuck the ball just inside of the right post.

“It’s amazing,” Serres said about the win. “It was the best experience ever. It was so much fun.”

The Lycans made it a one-goal game just a minute after Serres’ goal. But even with the pressure mounting from Prairie Seeds, Cannon Falls stayed strong. Then with time winding down, Emerson Ulrich provided some insurance for the Bombers with a booming kick from midfield that went over the Lycans’ goalkeeper, making it a 3-1 contest.

“I thought it was going to go over; those usually go over,” Ulrich said. “I was really happy to get that.”

All season, the Bombers were happy with little victories as the team was reserved to the idea that a win may not come this season. Cannon Falls was more than happy to see its small victories translate to a win.

“It’s great that we have so much support,” Ulrich said. “We’re making history, and it feels really, really good.”

Davisson added, “It’s a little cliché, but this is icing on the cake. I wasn’t saying we couldn’t do it, but it’s a nice little bonus to get that win.”

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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