Senior defender Haley Halverson
Senior defender Haley Halverson

Both Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston soccer programs saw the season end in the first round of Section 1A post-season competition last week.

Girls at P-E-M, Oct. 8

Ninth-seeded C/SG/H and eighth-seed Plainview-Elgin-Millville battled into sudden-death overtime on Tuesday with the Bulldogs emerging triumphant on their home turf, 1-0.

Warrior goaltender Olivia Schmitz had 11 saves on 12 P-E-M shots, counting the game-winner which came halfway through the first overtime period. In tournament play, teams defend each end in two 10-minute overtime sessions, but the first score wins. C/SG/H placed 9 shots on goal.

C/SG/H coach Tim Colleran credited the leadership of the half-dozen seniors (including Spring Grove's Haley Halverson) for making the Warriors extremely competitive this season. C/SG/H went into OT twice with P-E-M and twice with Dover-Eyota, splitting with the Eagles and tying the Bulldogs during their first meeting.

"It was a good battle; both teams played really well on the defensive end," Colleran reported. "They had their runs at it, and we had ours. But both goaltenders played really well, too.

"We'll have some good players coming back, so hopefully we can build on this next year," Colleran said. At 5-8-1 (4-4-1 Three Rivers Conference) the Warriors may not have had a winning season, but except for three losses, all of the matches were close, he noted.

The Bulldogs were eliminated in the quarterfinals by top seed La Crescent 6-1.

Boys at Lourdes, Oct. 8

The Rochester Regional Sports Complex was the site of first-round tournament action as 16th seeded Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston took on top-seeded Rochester Lourdes. The Eagles won, 7-0.

"The team played amazing in the first half," C/SG/H coach Dustin Moburg reported. "We were only down 0-2 with everything to play for. (In) the second half, some players got open, and Lourdes formed triangles around our defense."

A steady stream of second-half shots eventually wore down the Warriors, but Moburg said his team played tough defense in spite of a barrage of 41 shots on goal from Lourdes. By contrast, Caledonia took 2 shots.

Warrior goaltender Nick Strabley had 19 saves.

Team Captain Johnny Lawson led Rochester with three goals. The Eagles went on to shut out both Winona and Kasson-Mantorville and will face Byron for the Section 1A championship on Oct. 15. The Warriors closed at 2-10

"I am extremely proud of all our players," Moburg added.