The Red Wing girls' soccer team provided the biggest upset in Section 1A Tuesday as the 12th-seeded Wingers knocked out fifth-seeded Winona Cotter 2-1 in the opening round of the playoffs.
“I'm very pleased with the performance,” said Red Wing head coach David Thurston. “We stepped up and had a nice upset.”
Tied 0-0 after the first 40 minutes, the Ramblers took a one-goal lead thanks to an Olivia Gardner goal at the 50th minute.
Four minutes later, Red Wing tied the game up once again as Klara Juhlin, a Swedish foreign exchange student. Then with 14:46 remaining in the game, the Wingers' Matea Simonson put the ball in the back of the net for the game-winning goal. From there, the team held on to be the only lower-seeded team in the section to win its opening-round game.
Red Wing put up nine shots on goal while Ashlyn Nystuen was solid in the net with 20 saves.
Now, the Wingers will try to pull another upset on Thursday at fourth-seeded Byron. In the regular season, the Bears – who advanced with a 6-0 victory against 13th-seeded Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa – beat Red Wing 3-0 back on Sept. 18.