C-I Boys Soccer goes 1-1; Jacket girls sweep Becker

Cambridge-Isanti boys soccer raised its overall record to 2-1 with a 3-1 victory over Rockford Sept. 12. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Josh Rouse sent a corner kick toward Skye Hunt-Schuft who perfectly headed the ball into the net.

The wind picked up in the second half, as did the play of the young Rockets. Rouse kept them at bay by burying two free kicks.

“This was a good game to play a lot of our players, build our confidence and continue to learn,” said C-I Coach Randy Rouse.

In other action last week, the C-I boys dropped a 4-3 double-overtime loss to visiting North Branch Sept. 8. The Vikings led 2-0 early, but Aaron Kordiak found Josh Samsa on a goal at the 55th minute, then J. Rouse deflected a shot home off a NB defender 13 minutes later to knot the score.

The Vikings regained the lead, but Kordiak connected on another pass with Samsa to forge a 3-3 tie late in regulation. The Vikings snuck away with the win by scoring with two minutes remaining in the second OT session.

Nate Medin played strong in goal for C-I, including making a diving save on a quick free kick by NB.

C-I's Cassie Galligan (right) battled with a Ranger during Forest Lake's 3-2 win on Sept. 6. Photo by Clint Riese, FL Times

C-I Girls 2, Becker 0

The Bluejacket girls soccer squad snapped a three-game loss streak by defeating visiting Becker 2-0 Sept. 13. The season sweep of the Bulldogs has Cambridge-Isanti at 2-0 in the conference.

Emily Moore moved from backfield to midfield and helped spark an offense which generated 35 shots on the Bulldog net. Tiffany Krueger got C-I on the scoreboard with a great effort on a breakaway, pushing the ball past the goalkeeper. Lindsay Elmquist scored the second goal on a nice cross & touch with Lexi Brown.

Justine Larson made 5 saves for the shutout. “Our defense and midfield really shut down the Becker attack,” commented C-I Coach Mike Galligan.

The C-I girls dropped a 3-1 home game to North Branch Sept. 8. Section 7AA partner Blaine then blanked the Jackets 5-0 on Saturday.