There's a reason that football teams play only once a week. Soccer squads also need some recovery time between matches, Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston coach Tom Krinke said following a loss on Sept. 27.

According to Krinke, seven soccer matches in 10 days took a toll on the Warriors, who finished their latest run "beat up and exhausted" with three consecutive losses last week.

On Sept. 24, Kasson-Mantorville visited Caledonia. The Komets defeated the Warriors 1-0 on the strength of a lone goal by freshman Sarah Bernards with an assist from Delaney Bartel. Goaltender Holly Hackenmiller got the shutout with five saves.

"We stared out well against Kasson-Mantorville, (but) about half way through the second half three players left the field with fatigue-related injuries," Krinke said.

"They beat our goalie for a goal at the 65-minute mark."

C/SG/H traveled to Byron the following night. The Bears won that match by a 5-0 margin. Senior Megan Schriever did the majority of the scoring, notching three goals. Breanne Hermann and Camille Fawcett got the other two scores.

Assists were provided by Fawcett, Abby Bisgard, Rachel DeWaard and Mackenzie Damerow. McKenna Johnson was credited with the shutout, making two saves.

"Byron ran us over, (we had) four players injured." Krinke reported.

On Thursday, the Warriors defeated visiting Dover-Eyota, 2-1. The teams battled through a scoreless first half, broken when Warrior Samantha Colleran scored with 25:46 left in the second period with an assist from Ali Beardmore.

D-E tied the match at the 18:37 mark on a goal by Maddy Huizenga that some Warrior fans saw as an apparent offside. The first five-minute overtime was scoreless, but the second overtime period featured a Krista Horn goal with 2:56 left to play. Caledonia was not able to answer.

A trip to Winona Cotter was scheduled for Sept. 29, but was cancelled.

The final regular season match of the year for C/SG/H will be a Thursday, Oct. 4 trip to Plainview-Elgin-Millville. Section 1A play begins on Tuesday, Oct. 9.