At the midway point of its season, the Cambridge-Isanti girls soccer squad is showing continued improvement with plenty of fight on the pitch. Despite dropping games to Buffalo and Princeton last week, much optimism is stored for the second-half run.
“What we are excited about is the potential the girls are showing at becoming a possession-style team that beats their opponent with a skilled passing game. We still have work to do toward this goal, and at this point we are seeing it happen in glimpses for a few minutes at a time during games,” said C-I Coach Mike Galligan. “As we work hard, we will see those glimpses turn into bigger and bigger chunks of time until we can put together two full halves of controlling the game.
“We have some savvy veterans to lead the way in this transition, and we are also very excited about the athleticism and effort of the large number of younger players on the team. As a coaching staff, we are proud of the lady Bluejackets and their resolve to keep up the good fight this season.”
At the Sept. 15 home match, Galligan’s Jackets faced an extremely quick and skilled Buffalo team. The Bison’s passing led to goals five minutes apart in the first half– including a 35-yard blast just under the crossbar. As the half wore on, the Jackets began applying more pressure on the Buffalo net. Melyssa Varsoke was tripped up on a push, giving Emily Moore a free kick which the Bison goalie saved in traffic.
Then with 47 seconds left in the half, senior forward Tiffany Krueger worked toward the goal and was brought down. She buried the kick inside the left post to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Credit conference leader Buffalo for attacking strong in the second half. They increased their lead with goals in the 53rd and 88th minutes.
“The upside when you examine the scoring is that we held off a skilled passing attack for 25 minutes each half. Our backfield, led by the tireless efforts from Roxanne Holmberg and Alex Benjamin, was largely responsible for holding the line on Bison scoring during those periods, along with some great saves totaling a dozen by keeper Justine Larson,” said Coach Galligan.
Princeton 3, C-I 1
Cambridge-Isanti traveled to former conference rival Princeton Sept. 17, falling by a 3-1 score. Moore scored an unassisted goal against the Tigers. She brought the ball up from midfield and took a shot from 25 yards out. The ball hit the inside top of the crossbar, ricochetting into the goal.
• It will be “Parents Night” when the Bluejackets host Big Lake on Sept. 22.
M-8 Girls Soccer
Buffalo 2-0, 5-2; St. Michael-Alb. 1-0, 5-1-3; Rogers 1-0, 4-3; Cambridge-Isanti 2-1, 2-6-1; Big Lake 0-1, 4-2-2; Monticello 0-2, 5-3; Becker 0-2, 0-7.