Girls team seeing improvement

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus Amber Conniff on a break-away against Winona Cotter.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Amber Conniff on a break-away against Winona Cotter.

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

Caledonia took the long drive to Plainview on Tuesday, Sept. 5 for their first conference game. The game was a very fast paced match with the ball going back and forth for the majority of the game.  Caledonia was able to hold off PEM for the first 16 minutes until they put in the first goal off of a header.  In the 31st minute, PEM added another goal off of a penalty kick.  PEM finished the half with another three goals in the last five minutes of the half.

“The main thing we talked about at half time was keeping their heads up,” said head coach Chris Jandt.  “Once we allow the first goal in, the opposing team tends to find the back of the net more often. PEM started the second half right where they left the first half, scoring three more goals in the first 11 minutes off of fast breaks. PEM would finish their night with three more goals in the 67th, 77th, and 78th minutes of the game on breakaways.”

Caledonia was able to put themselves on the board in the 71st minute when freshman Madison Winjum was set up in the box from junior Katie Bechtel. Two minutes later, sophmore Avery Zahn darted down the left side and beat the keeper to the near post for Caledonia’s second goal.

“Plainview had a lot of speed that we could not stop the whole night,” Jandt said. “It seemed that all of their shots found the back of the net and they couldn’t miss. The girls played a lot better than what the score showed.”

Tuesday, September 5

Caledonia: 2

Plainview E/M: 11

Shots

Caledonia: 7

PEM: 24

Saves

Caledonia: Olivia Welscher: 9

PEM: 5

Vs. Winona Cotter

Caledonia had their first home game of the year when conference team Winona Cotter came to town.  Cotter had a very young team, but were very organized and skilled.

“This was a very rough match with a lot of fouls throughout the night against both teams,” Jandt said. “The first half was a grudge match with not a lot of action towards the goals. It was a midfield battle that our girls fought hard in.  Towards the end of the first half, Cotter had a great opportunity on a breakaway, but senior goalie Olivia Welscher made a great diving save to push the ball inches wide of the goal. It was the best save that I have seen out of her in my three years with the girls.”

Winona Cotter came out firing in the second half, putting up three goals in the first five minutes.

“The only thing we could have done differently is to get a body in front of the shots,” Jandt said. “The shots were well placed, very few goalies would have gotten a touch on them.  Caledonia didn’t let up after the goals.  We came back harder and faster to put a lot of pressure on Cotter’s defense.  In the 55th minute, Caledonia got their chance.”

Junior Jenna Scanlan out raced a defender and was fouled 25 yards from the goal.  Freshman Midfielder Eliza Welscher lined up for the free kick and put a perfect shot near post for Caledonia’s goal.

“That goal was just as much Jenna’s as it was Eliza’s.  Jenna hustled on the play and Eliza was able to convert it for the team,” Jandt said.  “You could see the excitement from the girls on the field and bench after that goal.  A few minutes later, Caledonia got another free kick from the same distance but on the right side.  Again, Eliza stepped up and put a perfect ball into the box.  Cotter’s goalie got a little touch on it and we were not able to convert.”

“The girls are starting to see the improvement from last year,” Jandt said.  “We are getting opportunities to score but we need to finish on more of them.  We may not be getting the wins, but they will come.”

Thursday, September 7th

Caledonia – 1

Winona Cotter – 3

Shots

Caledonia – 9

Cotter – 22

Saves

Caledonia – Olivia Welscher – 9

Cotter – 3

This week:

The girls soccer team hosts St. Charles on Thursday, Sept. 14. They also host Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 16. They are at Schaeffer Academy on Monday, Sept. 18. On Tuesday, Sept. 19 they host Dover-Eyota.

Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus  Kaitlyn Bechtel looks for a place to go against Winona Cotter.
Ryan Pitts/The Caledonia Argus
Kaitlyn Bechtel looks for a place to go against Winona Cotter.