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Brady Schoenfelder had six saves on nine shots on goal as the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team fell 3-0 to La Crescent Tuesday night. The Wildcats didn’t have much of a chance to stay in the game as the team lost a player to a red card at the 30th minute. But head coach Peter Wiggins was still happy with the effort his team gave in the Hiawatha Valley League loss. "We played strong with exceptional play by Colin Rucker up front and Matt Smith in the middle. Brady Holst was stellar on defense," Wiggins said. PIZM (1-6) will host Austin Saturday.
After winning a set for the first time this season last week against Shakopee, Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Rochester Century proved to be a letdown for Red Wing and head coach Heidi Ulwelling. “It’s so hard when you see them play like they did at Shakopee, then come home and they underperformed,” Ulwelling said. “Yes, there’s a learning curve, but it’s time for the girls to bring a little more.
When mistakes are few and far between, stats can pile up in a hurry during a volleyball match. Case in point was Tuesday night in Cannon Falls where the Bombers toppled Hayfield in four sets, 30-28, 25-15, 18-25, 25-21. Among several eye-popping numbers for the Bombers were Becca Vandenheuvel’s 33 digs, Caroline Bowen’s 20 digs and Sami Cromer’s 15 digs. That’s 68 digs compared to the Vikings’ 89 points.
Kaitlen Buck was near-perfect from the service line, Carley Henning hit double figures in kills and digs, and Kalli Paukert hit the low 20s in set assists to lead the Zumbrota-Mazappa volleyball team to a three-set, 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 Hiawatha Valley League road victory over Lake City Tuesday evening. Buck finished the night 15 of 16 serving while Henning posted 10 kills and 14 digs.
Duking it out for five sets, Goodhue out-lasted Kenyon-Wanamingo for a 25-17, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11 Hiawatha Valley League victory Tuesday in Goodhue. “The best part was it was such a good game,” Wildcats’ head coach Lindsey Mace said. “It was a battle; the girls played their hearts out. Getting the win, that makes it that much better.” Celebrating her 1,000th career set assist on Tuesday, Mikayla Tipcke put in a strong outing with 32 set assists, 19 digs, and six kills.
Paced by Carl Kozlowski’s fourth-place time of 17 minutes, 3.7 seconds, the Lake City boys cross-country team placed third at the Dover-Eyota Invitational Tuesday with 81 team points. Plainview-Elgin-Millville won the event with 41 points while second-place Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson notched 68 points. Kozlowski was the top finisher for the Tigers, but four other Lake City runners took a spot in the top 25. Cole Willers placed 11th with a time of 17:55.4, and Colin Fritz (18:40.6) and Shane Siewert (18:41.0) placed back-to-back at 20th and 21st, respectively.
It's been a tough season for the Cannon Falls boys soccer team, and ti continued Saturday with a 3-0 loss to St. Paul Academy. But things are starting to turn around for the Bombers, as evidenced by allowing only three goals in the game. Though the Bombers have yet to score themselves, in three previous matches Cannon Falls gave up an average of seven goals. And head coach Adam Rueger can see the difference in his team from where it was at the beginning of the season. "From four weeks ago, you can tell a huge difference in how we're moving the ball.
Mitch Acker tallied a late goal for the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa boys soccer team, but it wasn't nearly enough in a 5-1 non-conference loss to Albert Lea Saturday. Acker, Matt Smith and Colin Rucker each had two shots on goal for the Wildcats, but the rest of the team managed just three total. The Tigers, meanwhile, peppered PIZM goalie Brady Schoenfelder with 17 shots. Varsity assistant coach Jeff Thompson commented, “Kyle Mitchell played very well tonight and Mitch Acker had a nice goal at the end of the game.
The Goodhue volleyball team went into Hayfield Saturday morning, dropped just two sets in four matches, and went home with a tournament title. In the first match against Albert Lea, a three-set, 25-20, 19-25, 17-15 victory, the Wildcats Mikayla Tipcke dished out 26 set assists, finding Kali Ryan for seven kills, and Mikayla Miller for eight kills. Against Leroy-Ostrander, a 25-8, 25-18 win, It was Ryan with five kills, Laurie Pearson with five kills and Tipcke with 19 set assists.
With a goal midway through the second half, the Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa girls soccer team topped Lake City, 1-0, in a Hiawatha Valley League match Saturday. "We played very well and it was a game that could have gone either way," said Lake City head coach Mark Spence. Tigers goaltender Beth Petersen had six saves for the Tigers, but Lake City managed just two shots on goal. The Tigers (1-4 overall, 0-2 HVL) will host Winona Cotter Monday while PIZM will head to Plainview-Elgin-Millville the same day.