Warriors head into play-offs after loss to Bulldogs
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 5:37 AM
Sometimes one player can outdo herself with a great performance, and even opposing players and fans have to admire it. Unfortunately for Caledonia/ Spring Grove/Houston, a Plainview-Elgin-Millville sophomore had one of those rare games when the Warriors visited the Bulldogs last week.
The Warrior girls soccer team traveled to P-E-M on Oct. 4 for their final regular-season match of the season. The hosting Bulldogs won the encounter, 5-1.
"We ran into a player that was just red-hot," Warrior coach Tom Krinke said. "She was the fastest player I've seen this year."
Sophomore forward/attacker Channing Cordova scored three goals and had an assist during Thursday's match. She was celebrating her 16th birthday with her best game of the year, P-E-M coaches admitted to Krinke after the match. The P-E-M crowd was also charged up for Parents' Night.
"She was the smallest player on the field," Krinke said. "That's what I love about this game. Even though we got beat, I love it that a player can bring such passion onto the field. One player can change the whole thing."
C/SG/H answered Cordova's first score with a goal by Trece Frank with an assist by Ali Beardmore. "At that point I felt we were in the game," Krinke said, "Channing then took over and the game was gone."
The loss placed the Warriors at 4-8-1 on the season, 1-2-1 in Three Rivers Conference play.
On Oct. 9, eighth-seeded Caledonia will host No. 9 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa Panthers in the first round of Section 1A tourney play.
The winner of that match will head to the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium on Oct. 11 to take on the No. 1 seeded Rochester Lourdes Eagles, who enjoy a first-round bye. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
The Warriors beat the Panthers 5-0 at the Dover-Eyota tourney on Sept. 22, but remember being knocked out of the playoffs last season by PIZM in Pine Island.
The last meeting with the Eagles was on Aug. 25, when C/SG/H was defeated at home 2-0.