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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.
Moved to Saturday due to inclement weather threats on Friday, Cannon Falls' homecoming started off strong when Hayden Strain broke off a 54-yard touchdown run in the first three minutes. But from there, Triton took over with 41 straight points, and the sixth-ranked (2A) Cobras cruised to a 41-14 victory at John Burch Park.
Red Wing won two matches in pool play, and split two sets with Waterville-Elysian-Morristown to qualify for the Bronze Bracket in Saturday's Cannon Falls Tournament. The Wingers then went 1-1 to finish 11th. Madisyn Lyons led Red Wing's offense with 35 total kills, with Kate Sonju (16), Abi Deming (15) Elle Thorson (10) and Hannah Rodgers (10) also reaching double-digits. Macy Koester had 64 of the team's 67 assists, and also had 17 digs and four aces.
The Red Wing cross-country teams headed north to the Alexandria Lions Meet of Champions on Saturday, where the boys team finished seventh and the girls placed 11th. The Winger boys finished the day with 188 points, which was 17 behind sixth-place Sioux Falls Washington's 171. Stillwater was the boys' team champion with 70, followed by Edina (85), White Bear Lake (119), Mounds View (145) and Sartell (164).
With a 1-yard touchdown run by Keegan Majerus with 5 minutes, 20 seconds left to play, Pine Island cemented its fourth straight victory on Friday night, beating Southeast Red District foe Plainview-Elgin-Millville 21-14. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs were able to take a 3-0 lead after a Cody Shones 20-yard field goal. The Panthers responded at 8:25 of the second quarter when Majerus hit Logan Andrist for a 26-yard touchdown to put Pine Island ahead 7-3 at halftime.
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.
Northfield scored once in each half on its way to a 2-0 win over Red Wing on Thursday. The Wingers had just five shots on goal, while goalie Keegan McNamee faced 18 shots, stopping 16 of them.
For the second straight match, Red Wing went five sets with a Big Nine Conference foe. But on Thursday, Mankato West managed to stave off the Wingers for a five-set victory, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 26-28, 15-11. Vanessa Frazier was Red Wing's top hitter with 16 kills while also accounting for 16 digs and an ace block. Madisyn Lyons had 14 kills and two ace serves to go with a team-best 26 digs. Elle Thorson helped the Wingers defensively at the net with four ace blocks, and Macy Koester facilitated the offense up with 36 set assists.
Luke Meincke broke a scoreless tie to give Lake City a 1-0 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday. The Tigers and Bombers both had numerous chances, with Cannon Falls getting 17 shots on goal. Lake City had 13 shots on target. Nate Baer had the assist on Meincke's goal. Satchell Ekblad made 17 saves in the win, while Luke Newinski stopped 12. Lourdes 5, PIZM 0 Rochester Lourdes built a three-goal lead in the first half, then added two more in the second before the game was called due to weather conditions with 22 minutes, 45 seconds remaining.
Third-seeded Lakeville North dropped 14th-seeded Red Wing, 7-0, on Tuesday in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament. The Panthers swept every match, and did not lose more than two games in any of them. The Wingers end the season 2-14, with the individual section tournament beginning Oct. 12. Saturday Red competed in the Big Nine Conference meet on Saturday, where Rochester Mayo backed up its 11-0 league record with a conference tournament title.