Northfield got two goals from Lily Hanlon on Thursday, leading the Raiders to a 4-0 win over Red Wing.
Kate Adams scored the first of two goals for the Raiders at the 16th minute. Then with 15 seconds to go before halftime, Elsa Hoff put the ball in the net for Northfield, giving the team a 2-0 lead at the break. Adams put in her second goal at the 58th minute, and Lily Hanlon put the ball just out of the upward reach for Red Wing goalkeeper Ashlyn Nystuen for a goal at the 88th minute.
Nystuen came up with 15 saves in the loss.
Against some of the top teams in both the Big Nine Conference and in the state, Red Wing head coach David Thurston has seen some positive things, even if that doesn't reflect in the standings.
"Overall, after playing Owatonna and Mankato West last week, we learned a lot," Thurston said. "We went back to practice, fixed some stuff and I was happy with the week we had.
"We're starting to play good soccer. We're getting better defensively and we're jockeying the ball around and not just kicking it. We're starting to progress with the caliber of teams we've had to play and that sets us up well for the playoffs."
The Wingers close the regular season 3-10-1, with a likely road game coming in the first round of the Section 1A tournament next week. The coaches' vote will take place Sunday.
"We're thinking we're in the 10-11-12 spot. It's so hard because don't play many section teams. It'll be a tough draw."
Red Wing 1, Mayo 1
Matea Simonson pulled Red Wing out of a 1-0 hole, and the Wingers held on through the rest of the second half to tie Rochester Mayo, 1-1, on Tuesday.
The Spartans had a one-goal lead at halftime, with Simonson tying the game in the second half. Ashlyn Nystuen made 16 saves for Red Wing.