“We always seem to play better soccer in the second half of games as opposed to the first,” said head soccer coach Daniel McGonigle. “This week was no different.”
In the first half against Winona Cotter in a 10-0 loss, the Warriors gave up seven goals in the first half. Goalie Dominick Konkel made 23 saves and goalie Brody Christensen saved 11 shots.
“We gave up seven goals in the first half but made some adjustments and ‘only’ gave up three goals in the second half. We played much, much better, reported McGonigle.”
The Warriors could only muster two shots on goal one by junior Alex Smith, the other by freshman Nick Schmitz.
“Alex and Nick are our main offense and we need to find players who can help them out,” McGonigle said. “We need to get better with the ball and find open passes.”
Vs. Schaefer Academy
“Schaefer Academy is a well-coached and disciplined team,” McGonigle said. “Again, we started out slow and got better in the second half.”
The Warriors lost 8-0 giving up five goals in the first half and three in the second.
“Dominick was good for us in net again,” McGonigle said. “He made 11 saves against a good offensive team.”
Seventh grader August Allen came in for the Warriors after two goals were surrendered in the second half.
“He only gave up one goal and I’m proud of such a young player facing a varsity team with such confidence,” McGonigle said.
The Warriors again couldn’t muster anything offensively.
“We made some good break-aways and had some good runs” McGonigle noted. “We just couldn’t finish when it mattered. Schaefer always plays us very respectfully not a lot of pushing and shoving like we see against some teams.”
The Warriors are at St. Charles on Thursday, Sept. 14. They travel to Pine Island on Saturday, Sept. 16 and are at Dover-Eyota on Tuesday, Sept. 19.