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Girls Soccer: Fast start puts JM past Red Wing

Red Wing defender Anna Bowes (11) boots the ball past Rochester JM's Abby Alcock during the first half of Thursday's Big Nine Conference game at Russ "Cougar" Marshall Field. Joe Brown / RiverTown Multimedia

Jumping on Red Wing with four straight first-half goals, Rochester John Marshall was able to thwart the host Wingers for a 5-1 Big Nine Conference win Thursday at Russ “Cougar” Marshall Field.

“We ran into a great squad in John Marshall,” said Red Wing girls’ soccer coach David Thurston. “This week was tough with two Rochester teams.

“We tried to get them offsides (on through-balls) and it worked three times. Then they got their timing down and after that, the girls asked ‘You want us to keep doing that?’ ‘Nope. Now you’re going to start dropping back with them.’”

The Rockets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half, with Nadia Lowery providing most of the fireworks. Lowery had three goals — in the sixth, 11th and 29th minutes — while also providing an assist on a Tessa Gushulak goal in the 15th minute. With four minutes to go before halftime, Red Wing got its lone goal of the game with a score from Elayna Meyer.

While keeping the Rockets from using the through-ball, the game remained scoreless in the second half until the final minute, where Emma Duff drilled a perfectly-placed ball just over the reach of Wingers goalkeeper Ashlyn Nystuen to make it a 5-1 final.

Nystuen made 15 saves in the game.

Still looking for its first win, Red Wing (0-4, 0-4 Big Nine) will head to Pine Island on Monday to face Section 1A foe Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

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