By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia boys’ soccer team lost to a tough West Salem squad 4-0 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Caledonia High School.
Battling the blustery wind and a strong push from the Panthers, the Warriors were never able to rebound from three, first half goals by West Salem.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead 24 minutes into the game on a goal from junior Ethan Modawell, who then scored again eight minutes later for a 2-0 West Salem lead.
Senior Tom Halverson put the Panthers up 3-0 eight minutes before halftime as the Warriors had trouble with the wind in their face. Modawell then earned the hat trick with his third goal of the game at the 47 minute mark, but the Warriors held West Salem in check the rest of the way.
“Both teams played well despite the cold weather,” said Caledonia coach Dustin Moberg. “We are playing great soccer and we keep getting better with every game.”
The Panthers held a huge, 31-6 advantage in shots on goal with Caledonia goalie Devin Schiltz making 17 saves and West Salem’s Ryan Huebsch stopping half a dozen shots from the Warriors. The Warriors hosted Winona Senior Monday and P-E-M Tuesday.
On Thursday the Warriors lost a 4-1 decision at La Crescent as the Lancers scored three, first-half goals and never looked back.
Caledonia’s Josh Nord scored at the 58 minute mark to cut the Lancer lead to 3-1, but La Crescent answered with a goal from Jacob Fritz, his second of the game, three minutes later.
Strabley made four saves for Caledonia and Devin Schiltz made 11 as La Crescent out-shot the Warriors 20-7 in the game.
Two pretty evenly matched soccer teams met Monday afternoon. The Caledonia Warriors and Winona Cotter boys teams battled to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes.
After getting their first win of the season at home Sept. 15 over Holmen, the Warriors continued to show improvement when they outshot the Ramblers 21-15 and goalie Nick Strabley made 10 saves.
After giving up several shots early in the game, the Warriors settled down and began to take control of the match, but Cotter goalie Charlie Gardner matched Strabley, also making 10 saves in the game.
Up next for Caledonia is a home game Tuesday with P-E-M and a Thursday road game at Holmen.