Boys Soccer: Big Nine win eludes Red Wing
The Red Wing boys' soccer team were pegged with a pair of Big Nine Conference losses this week. On Tuesday, the Wingers took a 3-2 road loss to Albert Lea before dropping a 3-1 final to Faribault at Russ "Cougar" Marshall Field on Thursday.
"We made it interesting in the second half (Thursday) and tried to push forward as much as we could late," said Red Wing head coach Tony Casci.
On Tuesday, Bryan Lopez and Macklin Maroushek both scored against the Tigers. In net, Keegyn McNamee made 18 saves as the Wingers were out-shot 21-7.
Thursday's home matchup with the Falcons got off to an auspicious start when the Falcons' Luis Vidal put the ball in the back in the net on a free kick in the 25th minute.
The offensive chances were tough to come by in the first half, but Red Wing managed to bury one before the break. In the 32nd minute, Jeyson Roque punted a perfect corner kick in front of the net to Lopez, who headed the ball into the net to make it a 1-1 game at the break.
"We've been working on our positioning all year with balls from the corner and we finally got Bryan there and get a step on the guy defending him," Casci said. "He's really good with his head, so we're glad he got to the right spot. And Jeyson's very good at putting the ball on the same spot on corner kicks. He's left-footed, so it bends in and makes it an easier header."
Casci added, "I was glad we were able to come back in the first half. It always gives your team hope when you're locked up after the first half."
After the intermission, Red Wing controlled much of the play in its offensive end. But, the Falcons would eventually break through in the 64th minute when Farah Khadar corralled the loose ball in front of the net and beat Wingers goalkeeper John Rothering for a 2-1 Faribault lead.
The Wingers had one more opportunity with a corner kick in the final 90 seconds before the Falcons were able to clear it and put the game away with an 80th-minute goal by Tim Demarest.
On Saturday, Red Wing (1-8, 0-7 Big Nine) heads to Cannon Falls, followed by a home game versus Lake City on Monday.