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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
Winners in three of its last four, the Red Wing boys' soccer team added another victory on Saturday when it shut out Lake City, 6-0. As the soccer season winds down with the Wingers' final game of the regular season coming next Thursday, the team now sits at 4-1 within its section — with every game ending in a shutout. On Saturday, Red Wing was led by Bryan Lopez who scored three goals and Bear Blaney (two goals and one assist). Jeyson Roque also scored an unassisted goal and had one assist. Others with an assist were: Aidan Coyle, Erick Fuentes and Anthony Mason.
The mood at Russ "Cougar" Marshall Field was somber before kickoff as fans and the student section — dressed up in Minnesota Gophers apparel — took a moment of silence to honor 2015 Red Wing High School graduate Nick Connelly, who died on Wednesday. In what was a tough week for Winger football, the team found some things to get excited about, however, despite a 29-12 loss to Mankato East on Friday.
Six different Eagles scored and the defense held Lake City to 64 yards of total offense to lead Lourdes to a 42-6 win over the Tigers on Friday. Matthew Hayford threw for 95 yards and two scores for the second-ranked Eagles on just 3-of-7 passing while adding a touchdown on the ground. Hayford finished with 88 rushing yards on eight attempts. Zach Jungels had 103 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Pat Leary (47 yards) and Hayden Brown (40) had receiving touchdowns for Lourdes, while Jake Groetboer had a touchdown run of 28 yards.
Coming back from getting swept on Tuesday, Lake City found itself on the other side of the situation, sweeping Lourdes on Thursday, 3-0. The Tigers won the first set handily, 25-14, the second set, 25-20, and battled through the third to win, 26-24. Top performers for Lake City included: Grace Bany with 13 kills, Morgan West (18 digs), Elyse Dalager (14 assists), Olivia Pennington (10 kills) and Hannah Grimm (12 assists). Lake City, 11-5 (2-2 Hiawatha Valley League), next travels to Cannon Falls on Tuesday. Stewartville 3, Z-M 0
The Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team secured an early lead against Rochester John Marshall on Thursday and never looked back, taking a 97-89 victory. The Wingers kicked the meet off with a bang when the 200-yard medley relay team of Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecelia DeJong and Teegan Beyers won with a time of 1 minute, 57.9 seconds.
Red Wing faced stiff competition from River Falls up and down the lineup on Tuesday, but the Wingers prevailed, 4-3. Red Wing's victory was buoyed by its singles players all recording victories, whereas each doubles team fell short. Chloe Struss at No. 1 singles earned a 6-1, 6-4 win, while Graci Bettich at No. 2 singles won her first set, 8-6, fell in the next, 6-3, and won the final, 11-9. At No. 3 singles, Mya Benway won her first set, 6-4, lost her second, 6-4, and won the third, 6-3. Jenna Siewert won at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-4.