By Brady Ambrose
Special to the Caledonia Argus
The Caledonia girls soccer team dropped a pair of games last week falling to La Crescent 2-0 Tuesday and then dropping a 2-1 decision to Plainview-Elgin-Millville Thursday night at Caledonia.
After watching his team drop their fourth straight game, a frustrated head coach Tom Krinke said, “This team can compete with any team we’ve played so far this season, but when the pressure is on they revert back to their old habits, our style breaks down and these are the results.”
The Warriors (2-4 overall) fell behind Tuesday to La Crescent (4-0-2) when the Lancers Brieller Biermann scored just 35 seconds into the game and held the score to 1-0 the rest of the first half.
Caledonia had an opportunity to tie the game with 14 minutes to play when Alison Goergen got a clean look at the La Crescent goal, but Goergen’s shot sailed just inches over the top of the pipes.
“We started flat against La Crescent,” Krinke said. “We got taken advantage of immediately.”
A minute later Biermann scored her second goal of the game to give La Crescent the 2-0 win. Caledonia goalie Katie Mayer made nine saves, while Cheyanne Carpenter stopped one shot for the Lancers.
“It seems that whenever we have a good push and get the ball past midfield we go back to our old habits. It’s really frustrating, I’ve got good players and athletes on this team, but we’re losing games we should be winning.”
On Thursday the Warriors battled P-E-M to a 1-1 tie at the break, but the Bulldogs won the game on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. Trailing 1-0 Caledonia knotted the score when Skylar Schoh scored off a pass from Trece Frank with one minute left in the first half, but the Bulldogs won the game on a penalty kick.
“We should have beaten P-E-M last night. We still aren’t scoring enough goals, and it’s frustrating because I see this team has fight and a huge heart but old habits are hard to break. The players are going to have to decide what kind of team they want to have.”
Meyer made four saves for the Warriors, and Haley Gudmundson stopped eight shots for P-E-M.
Caledonia returns to action Sept. 18 at La Crescent. The Warriors head to St. Charles Sept. 20 and their next home game will be Sept. 24 when they host Kasson-Mantorville.