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Facing a Shakopee team that hadn't lost a Missota Conference match since Sept. 29, 2009, Red Wing head girls soccer coach Dustin Beckman knew his team was in for a challenge at home Thursday. The Sabers won 6-1 over Bloomington Kennedy, then followed it up with a 5-1 game against St. Peter, Beckman said. "So I knew they were going to be very strong defensively and very strong offensively. "I told the girls, and I didn't beat around the bush, 'They're faster, but we have to use our strengths to our advantage.
After playing nearly 90 minutes of scoreless soccer Thursday, Red Wing goalkeeper Andy Tarr wasn't about to let a last-second goal get by him. With seven seconds left, a Shakopee attacker broke through the Wingers' last line of defense, leaving Tarr all alone to make a stop. As Tarr made a charge, the final shot went high, cementing a 0-0 tie between Red Wing and Shakopee, bumping the Wingers' unbeaten streak to three games. "That play was absolutely nuts," Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley said. When the final horn sounded, Tarr celebrated with his teammates after surviving the Sabers
CANNON FALLS - For a team coming off of its first loss, the Cannon Falls volleyball team left the locker room on Tuesday awfully upbeat. Facing Hiawatha Valley League powerhouse Stewartville, which is ranked No. 2 in Class AA, the Bombers gave the Tigers all they could handle before ultimately succumbing in three sets. Stewartville won 25-23, 25-19, 25-21. "Especially in the first set, we just really wanted to win because we've never really had a close match with them," said Cannon Falls junior outside hitter Carly Broze. "Even though we lost, we're all really proud.
Red Wing head football coach Matt Schultz knew Shakopee's offense was a matchup nightmare for his team Friday. "They're a team that lines up as a foot-to-foot wall of humanity," Schultz said of the Sabers. Where the Wingers tend to match up better, according to Schultz, is against teams in the spread offense, similar to what Red Wing runs. And coming up this Friday on the road against Farmington, the Wingers' defense hopes to find some solace in covering the spread. "We've been saying it for years, we match up best against a team that spreads the ball like that," Schultz said.
The Red Wing girls soccer team hosted a winless Rochester John Marshall team on Saturday, but Wingers head coach Dustin Beckman knew the game would be a challenge for his roster. With a rash of injuries, including a flare-up of a previoius tendonitis injury for senior Meagan Brown, Red Wing started a slew of bench players. "We had a couple injuries and that was a big thing," Beckman said.
With two minutes left in its game against Lake City on Saturday, it looked as though the Red Wing boys soccer team would stay winless. Despite constant pressure against the Tigers, the Wingers' efforts came up empty for almost the entire game. "We'd be able to hold the ball for five or six minutes, they wouldn't be able to touch the ball. That was awesome. That's the way we have been playing," said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley.
In just four matches, Red Wing's No. 3 doubles team of McKenzie Muelken and Serena Feehan has proven to be a battle-tested duo. In the last three matches, Muelken and Feehan have overcome shaky starts on the way to big victories in the second and third sets. At this point, Muelken and Feehan are playing and thinking like a team. "I think we really play well together," Feehan said. "Her forehand is amazing." Immediately, Muelken chimed in, "Her backhand is amazing.