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Red Wing fell 1-0 to Albert Lea in overtime on Tuesday. Wingers goalkeeper Keegyn McNamee tallied eight saves and his Albert Lea counterpart, Jayden Emerson, made seven saves. Thursday's game against Winona was not submitted prior to publication. The Wingers (4-10) host John Marshall on Saturday, with seeding for the Section 1A playoffs coming this weekend. The tournament begins Monday.
Kenyon-Wanamingo continued its hot streak with a 3-0 win over Pine Island on Thursday. K-W won the first two sets by a 25-20 score, and finished the sweep with a 25-12 win in the third set. Kasandra Keller led the team defensively with 17 digs, while Julianna Boyum and Ally Peterson each recorded a game-high 16 kills. With the win, the Knights (16-6, 6-2 Hiawatha Valley) extended its winning streak to four matches.
Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa ended its three game skid with a 4-2 win over Kasson-Mantorville on Thursday. Jack Smothers carried the team offensively with a hat trick, scoring all three goals in the first half. Drew Christopherson added a goal to give PIZM a 4-0 lead at halftime. The Knights scored twice in the second but PIZM was able to hold the lead en route to victory.
Second-seeded Lake City beat seventh-seeded New Life Academy, 7-0, on Thursday to send the Tigers in the Section 1A semifinals on Monday. Ava Wallerich, Ashley Thieren, Emma Brunkow and Sarah Ziebarth all won their singles matches in straight-sets. Katherine Kennedy and Renae Harvey didn't give up a game in their two-set win at No. 1 doubles. New Life Academy did not have a full complement of doubles teams and so forfeited at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Kasson-Mantorville scored twice in the second half to take down Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 2-0, on Thursday. Jordan Weber made nine saves for the Wildcats while Elle Hager and Natalie Loy each scored for the KoMets. Keana Meneses stopped all seven of PIZM’s shots. With their regular season now complete, the Wildcats (3-9-1) await this weekend’s seeding for the Section 1A tournament which begins Monday.
Josh Navratil opened Friday's game with a 93-yard bang, returning the opening kickoff to the end zone to propel Pine Island to a 52-0 victory over La Crescent. Navratil added three rushing touchdowns in the win, including runs of 35 and 48 yards in the first quarter, and a 68-yard scamper in the second. Carter O'Reily hit Max Owen for a 47-yard touchdown between Navratil's exploits before adding a second touchdown toss of 10 yards to Will Warneke before Navratil's final score of the first half.
Goodhue got back in the win column on Monday with a 3-0 victory against Houston. The Wildcats won 25-19, 25-18 and 25-17. Kate Opsahl led Goodhue offensively with six kills and five aces. Elise Tipcke had five kills and Hannah Gadient had 31 assists and three aces. Defensively, Opsahl had three blocks and Tipcke had 16 digs. Goodhue, 8-6 (0-3 Hiawatha Valley League) traveled to Randolph on Tuesday after press deadline and then travels to Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday.
The Red Wing girls' soccer team sought to bring its record to above .500 but ran into Rochester Century whose only lose came at the hands of undefeated Mayo. The Wingers fell to the Panthers on Monday, 7-0. Jenna Siewert was the only Winger to win a set, although she ultimately lost at No. 4 singles. Siewert won her first set, 6-4 lost her second, 6-3, and then fell again, 10-6. Red Wing (5-6) is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Northfield.
The Pine Island/Zumbrota Mazeppa girls' soccer team struck first, but Jordan had the last laugh as it scored two unanswered goals — the winning goal coming in overtime — to defeat the Wildcats, 2-1, on Saturday. Scoring for PIZM was Ave Waldo. Jordan Weber made 13 saves on 15 attempts. Friday Cotter 8, PIZM 0 Coming off of three straight victories, the PIZM girls' soccer team fell back back to the ground with an 8-0 thrashing by Winona Cotter on Friday. Individual statistics were unavailable.
The Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys' soccer team kept the momentum going on Saturday with another shutout, defeating Jordan, 6-0. Dan Krier opened the scoring with two first-half goals to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead heading into the break. PIZM didn't slow down from there, scoring four more goals via Jack Smothers (2), Cole Ayers and a Brandt Konik penalty kick. Recording assists were Krier with two, while Konik and Smothers each had one. Jose Fernandez faced only two shots, stopping both for PIZM. Friday PIZM 9, Cotter 0