Warrior boys soccer team falls to Winona

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Alex Smith works his “handles” around several Winona defenders. Smith was able to make his way through the Winhawks defense simply with his dribbling prowess. He was able to do so all game long and at will.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Alex Smith works his “handles” around several Winona defenders. Smith was able to make his way through the Winhawks defense simply with his dribbling prowess. He was able to do so all game long and at will.

“Our team is so very, very young and that inexperience has shown our first few games out,” said head coach Daniel McGonigle.

The Warrior boys soccer team fell to Winona, 13-0, on Tuesday night in their first home event of the season.

“We did some things well, but we still have a long way to go,” McGonigle said.

The Warriors started out strong, playing 10 clean minutes of soccer.

“We gave up our first goal at the 30 minute mark of the first half,” McGonigle said. “Then we gave up a goal each minute for the next few minutes.”

The Warriors settled back down and turned things around and again played really well for another eight minutes.

“Then we made a mistake and Winona got a penalty kick which they placed in the back of our net,” McGonigle said. “From there they went on another little run.”

The Warriors trailed 7-0 at the break.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Freshman Brody Johnson is a key player for the Warriors, able to play both offense and defense. His speed was key to stopping much of the Winhawk attackers when he was put in a defensive position on the field.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Freshman Brody Johnson is a key player for the Warriors, able to play both offense and defense. His speed was key to stopping much of the Winhawk attackers when he was put in a defensive position on the field.

“We made some defensive adjustments and some changes to our formation which helped, but some of the younger guys played a little lost as we haven’t had time to work on those formations to this point in practice,” McGonigle said.

“We don’t make excuses, Winona played a better game than us,” McGonigle said. “Still, I’m proud of our team. Winona’s program has 70 players out and they whittle it down to their best 15. We have 25 with eight of them being 7th graders.”

Dominick Konkel, a freshman goalie in his first year playing the position on varsity, made 17 saves on the night out of 49 shots on goal (some shots went wide of the net).

“Dominick played really, really well for us,” McGonigle said. “Henry Russert, a graduate of the program, spent some time with our goalies prior to his returning to college this week and it really paid off. Dominick played his angles really well. We had two penalty kicks against us, which are hard to stop and Dominick fought off their team speed, which kept our defense scrambling to match up. I’m proud of how well he played.”

In addition, junior forward Alex Smith had a great game for the Warriors.

“If we can get some guys to make runs for Al, it’s going to lead to some success,” McGonigle said. “He played a really great game. He made his way through their defense all game long, sometimes besting four and five defenders.”

Additionally, the coach felt that young Nick Schmitz of Houston and Brody Johnson each had great games as well.

“Ryan Schroeder, Brody Christensen, Brody Johnson, Nick Schmitz, Mason Anderson, Chris Lamm and Jackson Fort all played really well for us,” McGonigle said. “Jack Roesler fought through an ankle injury and had a nice game. We just got too bunched up at times and that hurt us. When we cleaned that up I was really proud of how well we played.”

Up next:

This week the Warriors will host Schaefer Academy on Saturday, Sept. 9. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, they host La Crescent.

“That’s always a good game for us, a rivalry game for us,” McGonigle said. “I know our guys are looking forward to seeing how we stack up against the Lancers. They have a good team.”

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Freshman goalie Dominick Konkel was solid in net all game long for the Warriors.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Freshman goalie Dominick Konkel was solid in net all game long for the Warriors.