By Brady Ambrose
After dropping the season opener to a strong Rochester Lourdes team, the Caledonia girls soccer squad got in the win column with a pair of victories.
On Tuesday the Warriors and Winona Cotter played to a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes, but Caledonia stormed back with four unanswered goals in the second half to get a 5-1 win. Then on Thursday the Warriors got a pair of second-half goals from sophomore Ali Beardmore to hand St. Charles a 2-0 loss at Caledonia.
The Warriors started fast Tuesday, scoring just two minutes into the game on a goal from Beardmore with Rachel Mills getting the assist. But Cotter tied the game at 1-1 with just three minutes to play in the half on an unassisted goal by Karen Kersting.
“It was an up and down the field battle from there,” said Caledonia coach Tom Krinke. “Winona had several good chances late, hitting two pipes and they finally scored with three minutes left in the half. We got reorganized at halftime and came out firing to start the second half.”
Caledonia peppered Cotter goalie Jo Beyer with three goals in the first four minutes of the second half with Trece Frank, Beardmore and Rachel Mills all scoring with Mills and Frank also getting assists.
Sam Colleran’s goal off a pass from Hannah Russert at the 12 minute mark sealed the win.
Krinke was pleased with the effort, saying, “We got 19 players into the game but they played their starters the whole game. Their best chance to score came with seconds left when Paige Gernes had a break away at our goalie Katie Meyer, who stopped her cold as the game ended.”
The coach also praised the work of sweeper Haley Halverson, who played the entire game as a field player. Rachel Mills and Frank each had a goal and two assists with Beardmore scoring twice and Colleran who along with a goal “controlled the entire field.”
On Thursday the Warriors sophomore trio of Beardmore, Colleran and Frank accounted for both goals in Caledonia’s 2-0 win over St. Charles.
Beardmore scored twice, giving four goals in the week for the Warriors (2-1).
“Goalie Carlie Krueger did great job stopping their attack,” Krinke said. “Sam Colleran had another great job controlling the field. The star of the game was Ali, another two-goal game against a tough defense.”
Caledonia will travel to Dover-Eyota Sept. 6.