The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston cooperative soccer teams were busy last week with three matches for the ladies and four for the gents with the Section 1A Tournament beginning this week.

Girls at La Crescent, Sept 30

Goaltender Olivia Schmitz had 14 saves for Caledonia, but the Warriors were shut out by the Lancers 2-0.

La Crescent forward Emmalee Finn volleyed the ball in off a side throw to score the first goal of the game, the only score of the first half. In the second period, senior Brielle Bierman added a penalty kick for the hosts, who improved their record to 13-1.

C/SG/H coach Tim Colleran credited defenders Hannah Felten, Haley Halverson, Sydney Halverson, Ella Pieper, Kelsey Hermanson, and midfielder Tressa King with holding the high-powered La Crescent offense in check.

King also had a shot on goal, as did midfielder Samantha Colleran. Attackers Ali Beardmore and Trece Frank had two shots each.

Girls at D-E, Oct. 1

"This game was just like the first Dover-Eyota game, which went into double overtime," Colleran noted. Caledonia had won the first match (Sept. 12) 2-1, but D-E evened things up last week by an identical 2-1 margin.

Midfielder Tracy Felten put CC/SG/H on the board first with an assist by Frank. Eagle Abigail Ramirez tied it up in the second period, and that's where things stood at the end of regulation.

There was no scoring in the first overtime session, but D-E tallied the winning shot with a minute to play in the second, via a penalty shot.

Schmitz had 11 saves, and Caledonia totaled 9 shots on goal. "This was two days in a row of very intense games," Colleran said. "Our team played very well in these two games and unfortunately came out on the losing end.

Girls at P-E-M, Oct. 3

The Warriors traveled to Plainview-Elgin-Millville three days later, losing to the Bulldogs 4-1.

Beardmore scored the only Warrior goal, launching seven shots. Trece Frank had two shots on goal, while Tracy Felten and Halverson each had one shot. Schmitz was again in goal for Caledonia, with 8 saves.

Colleran also credited Brenna Werner and Alison Goergen, who "played strong throughout the week at the outside midfield position. This being the last regular season game, I am proud of how hard the girls worked all season and how they came together as a team."

Boys at P-E-M, Sept. 30

A make-up match with Plainview-Elgin-Millville was played Monday, making up for a rain/lightning cancellation from the prior week. The Warriors were defeated 2-1.

"Josh Nord (assisted by Justin Inglett) was able to score our goal with some impressive build-up play," Warrior coach Dustin Moburg reported. "The game was a real nail-biter at the end. If we would have had two more minutes I'm sure we would have tied it."

C/SG/H goaltender Nick Strabley recorded 10 saves.

The Bulldogs credited junior Brandon Ching with a first period goal and sophomore Mitchel Hall with one in the second.

Boys vs. St. Charles, Oct. 1

In an offensive explosion, C/SG/H defeated the Saints 10-0 on the following night. The Warriors launched 29 shots on goal to 2 for the visitors.

Inglett and Nord led with three goals apiece. Henry Russert scored twice with one goal each by Nate Roble and Aaron Goetting. It was the first time this season Caledonia reached double digits.

Two assists were provided by Inglett, with one each by Nord and Goetting.

"Passing and man marking was great in this game," Moburg said. "The movement of the ball by our players was fantastic. St. Charles had some great breakaways and some fantastic shots. It was great to see chances open and for the players to see the chances. Goals and shots were spread through the team. A good game was played by all!

Boys vs. Holmen, Oct 3

The boys posted another win on Thursday, defeating Holmen 2-1.

"The team looked great," Moburg said. "We made adjustments as a team and kept up the communication. The goals were fantastic! The team play, the give and gos, and the man marking were all much improved. We need to keep this momentum going and push through playoffs!

Senior forward Devin Schiltz broke the ice at the 8:01 mark of the first half. Classmate Alex Marschall added the winning score with 1:47 to play in the second period - assisted by Schiltz.

Austin Moua of the Vikings had tied the match prior to halftime, but Strabley in goal didn't give up any more goals even though Holmen made 6 attempts.

In JV play, the Vikings won 3-0.

Boys vs. K-M, Oct. 5

Heavy rains overnight made field conditions tough on Saturday as the Warriors were defeated by Kasson-Mantorville 2-0.

"(It was) almost like playing in a marsh," Moburg reported. "The defense held their line, but our counterattacks were stopped by Kasson's containment."

Both KoMet scores (via senior Nick Murry and junior Joe Pathoulas) came in the first period. K-M also won the JV match, 4-0.

Up Next:

The boys begin post-season play on Tuesday, Oct. 8, when they take a No. 16 seeding into the Section 1A tournament at Rochester Regional Sports Stadium. Their opponent will be No. 1 seed Rochester Lourdes.

For the ladies, a No. 9 Section 1A seeding places them at No. 8 PEM on the same date. The winner of that contest will face No.1 La Crescent on Oct. 10. The Lancers will definitely defend their home field, since they have a first-round bye.