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The Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls' soccer team put together its first win of the season on Thursday when it hosted Cannon Falls. Two overtime periods were needed to determine the winner, but the Wildcats prevailed with a 2-1 edge. Anna Giese got the scoring started in the first half for Cannon Falls, which held a 1-0 lead until the second half when Lana Yeakel scored for PIZM to tie the game. Lauren Pokrandt scored the game-winner in the second overtime. Cannon Falls' Mari Mendivil made 19 saves, while her counterpart, Jordan Weber, made nine saves.
Embroiled in a pitcher's duel, the Red Wing Aces came up just short of extending its season to the Minnesota Class C State Tournament quarterfinals by coming up one run short to Sartell on Saturday. That one run, just so happened to be the only run scored in the game as well ... in the 14th inning. For the Aces, starting pitcher Teddy Tauer went pitch-for-pitch with Sartell's David Deminsky, who was drafted in the 44th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and advanced as high as Fort Myers — the Twins Class A Advanced affiliate in that same year.
Lake City played in its first invitational of the season on Saturday at the Rochester National Volleyball Center. The Tigers were up to the task as well, going 8-0 in sets throughout the day. Lake City started the day off winning 25-17, 25-18 over Chatfield, before defeating Southland, 25-10, 25-17 in the second round. The Tigers had a bye in Round 3 but came back to win its next two in the fourth and fifth rounds. Lake City defeated Blooming Prairie, 25-13, 25-20, and then capped the day off by earning the sweep over Byron, 25-18, 25-14.
The Pine Island/Zumbrota Mazeppa boys' soccer team played host to LaCrescent on Saturday but found itself on the wrong end of a 2-1 game. All of the scoring happened in the first half with LaCrescent scoring both of its goals and PIZM's Daniel Krier finding the back of the net. PIZM was outshot 8-5, with Krier taking three of them. Jack Smothers and Drew Christopherson also got the ball on goal in the second half.
Eight goals were given up in the first half by the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls' soccer team en route to an 11-0 blowout by host LaCrescent on Saturday. PIZM was only able to get two shots no goal throughout the game. LaCrescent was led by Amanda Iverson with three goals and four assists, while Cali Esser and Mya Hermann also scored two goals apiece. PIZM will look to get back on track on Tuesday with a trip to Henry Sibley.
Goodhue scored 28 unanswered points en route to its season-opening 28-8 victory over Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday. The Falcons forced a three-and-out in the game’s opening possession and blocked the ensuing Wildcat punt. W-K recovered the football in the end zone for the game’s first points. From there the Wildcats’ defense was stout and the offense came alive.
Hosting its first meet of the young season, the Red Wing girls' swim and dive team came away with its first win as well, defeating Faribault, 96-89, on Thursday at the Twin Bluff Middle School pool.
Without its starting keeper, Ashlyn Nystuen, the Red Wing girls’ soccer team was relying on ninth-grader Tori Senty to keep the team in the game in her first career start. Senty did well in her first varsity action, but the Wingers were unable to put up enough goals to come away with the victory and fell, 2-1, on Thursday to Rochester Mayo.
Coming off a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, the Lake City volleyball team doubled down and once again swept its opponent, winning 3-0 over St. Charles on Thursday. The Tigers won its first set 25-21, before pulling away in the second and third sets, winning 25-12 in each. Delaney Issendorf led Lake City with 20 kills, Morgan West had 19 digs, and Elyse Dalager and Hannah Grimm compiled 19 and 12 assists, respectively.
Red Wing keeper Keegyn McNamee did his best to give his team a chance to beat Rochester Mayo by saving 15 out of 18 shot attempts, but the Wingers couldn’t find a way to score a goal and got shut out, 3-0, on Thursday. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through halftime, but Gabriel Gauthier, Jibril Muse and Daliso Chitulangoma each scored a goal in the second half for Mayo.