Warriors drop opener to Aquinas

Emily McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus  Senior center defensive midfielder, and captain, Chris Lamm looks for space against an Aquinas player in the first game of the season for the Warrior boys soccer team.
Emily McGonigle/The Caledonia Argus
Senior center defensive midfielder, and captain, Chris Lamm looks for space against an Aquinas player in the first game of the season for the Warrior boys soccer team.

“We’re young and it showed today,” said head coach Daniel McGonigle following the boys’ soccer team 12-0 loss to Aquinas. “We were playing 7th and 8th graders pretty extensive minutes for us in the varsity game and a good team like Aquinas knows how to capitalize on mistakes. But it was a great learning experience for those younger guys and it’s only going to make them stronger.”

Freshmen Dominic Konkel and Brody Christensen split time in the net with 7th grader August Allen.

“We did some good things in goal,” McGonigle said. “And we made a few mistakes, again, I point to our youth, mistakes you’d expect they might make. We’ve got some things to build on.”

The Warriors trailed 9-0 after 40 minutes of play.

“We made some defensive adjustments at half-time and reminded the players to do the little things; control the things they can control,” McGonigle said.

And the coach was happy with how the boys came out and fought in the second half.

“We had a few break-aways, led by Konkel who was playing in a forward spot for us,” McGonigle said. “It was fun for the boys to get those opportunities.”

Konkel made several key stops in the first half and Christensen and Allen split time playing goalie in the second half.

The Warriors return to action following the holiday break on Tuesday, Sept. 5, as they host Plainview-Elgin-Millville.

“PEM split their program with Dover-Eyota so those two are now two teams,” McGonigle said. “We’re not sure what to expect this year, but I expect their coach will have them ready to play.”

On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Warriors travel to Winona Cotter.