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Girls Soccer: Wingers lose opener at Mankato East

Thursday’s season opener served as a feeling-out process for the Red Wing girls soccer team.

Down 2-0 at halftime to host Mankato East, the Wingers changed formations in the second half with the goal of playing their game. The final result was a 3-1 loss to the Cougars, but the Wingers showed improvements throughout all 80 minutes, something that left head coach David Thurston excited afterwards.

“We were able to shut them down (in the second half). We adjusted there and we played our game, so overall I’m very pleased,” Thurston said. “We just wanted to play our game a little more. Pass around them and make them run in the heat.”

Mankato East jumped on the board in the first half with goals from Taylor Kuechle and Danielle Joyal. Then in the second half, the Cougars took a three-goal lead with a score by Sydney Halbur.

Trying to end the game on a high note, junior Brittany Westerberg provided the Wingers’ first goal of the year on an assist from Maddie Hardyman.

“Brittany got a goal in her first varsity game. That was impressive to see,” Thurston said.

Paige Harlow made eight saves for Red Wing, while Morgan Keim Wolfe made five stops in the victory.

Red Wing (0-1) returns home Tuesday for another Big Nine matchup with Winona and former Wingers head coach Dusty Beckman. 

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