Olivia Galkowski (#7) scored three goals versus Caledonia in the section quarterfinal match. She’s shown here along with Warriors Tressa King (#16) and Hannah Russert (#13) during the Aug. 25 match.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Olivia Galkowski (#7) scored three goals versus Caledonia in the section quarterfinal match. She’s shown here along with Warriors Tressa King (#16) and Hannah Russert (#13) during the Aug. 25 match.

On Oct. 9, the Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston girls soccer team kicked off the Section 1A tourney with a victory over Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa. Seeded at No. 8, the Warriors hosted the No. 9 Panthers, who they had defeated during a Sept. 22 regular-season match.

C/SG/H 2, PIZM 0

"It was satisfying because they knocked us out of the play-offs last year," Warrior coach Tom Krinke said of the first-round win. "The team played solid top to bottom. We out shot them 12 to 6 and were never tested in goal."

Tressa King broke the ice with an assist from Trece Frank at the 10-minute mark. Frank then put some insurance on the win with a goal 65 minutes into the contest with an assist from Ali Beardmore. The shutout went to goaltender Katie Meyer.

C/SG/H 1, Rochester Lourdes 4

Moving to the quarterfinal round, the Warriors faced the No. 1 seeded Eagles of Rochester Lourdes.

"There is a reason they are ranked number one in the section," Krinke said. "They shot extremely well from the outside. We knew going in that Lourdes would run parallel to the goalie box and then shoot or pass to an attacker cutting into the box.

"Even though we knew what was coming, it did not help, and we could not do anything about it. The same player, Olivia Galkowski, scored three times from the outside on high shots to the corner that Meyer could not get to."

Rochester midfielder Katie Helt scored the only other Eagle goal, on an unassisted scamper through the Warrior defense.

For Caledonia, freshman Tracie Felton scored the last goal of the year immediately after hitting the field.

"It was a good season, with a great group of players," Krinke added. "Thank you to the captains, seniors Alyssa Albert and Hannah Russert and junior Haley Halverson. They set a great tone for the team. They helped the younger players and me, (and) were everything I can hope for in captains. Thank you to all of the players that made this year enjoyable in spite of all of the crazy things that happen in a season."

The Eagles went on to defeat fourth-seeded Byron on Oct. 13, and were getting ready to face the No. 3 Kasson-Mantorville KoMets in the section finals as this issue went to press. The winner of that match will advance to the state tournament.