Pirate Girls Soccer shut out Mesabi East Saturday 2-0 on their home field and goalkeeper Reese Swanson only had to make one save during the game. Mesabi’s GK stopped 23 Pirate shots.
Junior Makenze Epema scored both Pirate goals in the game with a pass from Senior Kylee Meier from the outside left at the 13-minute mark. Her second goal came just at the 19-minute mark. Coach Sarah Reese told the Times that she loved to see all the fans at Saturday’s games supporting soccer.
“The girls played a full 80 minutes and, again, Kenze had a fantastic game,” said Reese. “She (Kenze) is poised, keeps the ball at her feet and has finesse to the goal.”
“In the first half, we had lots of rushed shots,” she added. “At half time we reminded the girls to settle their urgency - we want quantity and quality.”
Other comments from Coach Reese:
8th grader Cassie Solheim - “Cassie was having great shooting opportunities, but they weren’t falling for her. She was also distributing the ball (cross balls) and teammates weren’t able to connect.”
Sophomore Clara Meyer - “Clara had her best game of the season so far at outside mid. Her passes were spot on and she always seemed to be at the right spot at the right time.”
Senior Sophie Sanders - “Sophie was wide open in the center most of the game and we had a little trouble connecting with her from the outside.”
Sophomore Dillynn Wallace - “Loved seeing Dillynn (at defense) take a shot from 40yds out and the GK needing to make a save.”
Pirate varsity take on the Green Wave in East Grand Forks Monday and play at home against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday.
Friday night, Hibbing-Chisholm brought both their girls and boys team to Crookston for a soccer meet, the Pirate girls met with a difficult loss, 3-1. The two teams quickly tied at one before the fifteen-minute mark.
The game kicked off with a Hibbing point being earned in first few minutes. The Pirates responded by making a goal ten minutes later, scored by Sophia Steiner and a tap pass made by Cassie Solheim. “The team ready played hard,” Head woman’s soccer coach Sarah Reese said. “They played great- and tomorrow is a new day for them.” The rest of the first half was a trading of the ball and field sides with several possible goals, but not other points being made.
The second half was more difficult- at one point, a free-kick was declared and despite having thought the save was made, Reese Swanson’s punch of the ball was decided null and the point given to Hibbing. In the trailing minutes of the game, Hibbing scored a hattrick, bringing the score to 3-1, where it stayed.
“We swapped a defender for an attacker in the final minutes,” Coach Reese admitted. “Hibbing snuck in the one goal.” Reese also noted the performance of Joslynn Leach, who excelled at passing throughout the game. She also mentioned the celebration of Family Day.