Cambridge-Isanti boys soccer raised its season mark to 5-0 with two more victories wrapped around Labor Day weekend.
The Bluejackets rolled to an 8-1 victory at North Branch Aug. 31. C-I began the contest strongly, with Josh Samsa scoring at the 7:00 mark, and then never let off pressure. Samsa went on to score 4 goals, with Josh Rouse racking up 4 assists and a goal. German exchange student Max Niebein also worked the scoring column with 3 assists and 1 goal, and Sam Brown added a solo goal.
Coach Randy Rouse: “North Branch has a strong and athletic team, but they were unable to match the skill and strategy of the Bluejackets on this beautiful soccer game day. The Vikings dominated us in recent years, but we were able to put together a game plan that changed the outcome for the first time in a long time. North Branch has a new coach (Paul Pignato), and last year graduated a large group of seniors. They are still working out early-season bugs, and we were able to take advantage of that.”
• On Sept. 4, the Bluejackets blanked visiting Monticello 2-0 to start 1-0 in the Mississippi 8 Conference.
Mississippi 8 Boys Soccer
Cambridge-Isanti 5-0; St. Michael-Alb. 2-1-1; Buffalo 2-2; Monticello 2-3; Big Lake 0-2; Rogers 0-4.
C-I Soccer Girls tie Vikings
The Bluejacket girls had a stiffer battle with North Branch on Friday, battling through a 0-0 first half before ending the non-conference game in a 2-2 tie.
Coach Mike Galligan: “The Bluejacket attack came out swinging after halftime, scoring the first goal just over two minutes in when Kali Dawson made a nice chip from the right of goal over the head of the oncoming goalkeeper to score. Not two minutes later, Michelle Cook blasted a shot just inside the near post, assisted by Melyssa Varsoke for a 2-0 lead.
“With 22 minutes left, keeper Justine Larson made an incredible diving save that unluckily rebounded straight to the foot of a charging Viking who pumped it in for a goal. Viking forward Bayley Ertl, one of the area’s more dangerous attackers, reached pay dirt with an unassisted shot 15 minutes left in regulation. The tie lasted through the end of the half and two 5-minute overtimes. The Jacket attack totaled a season-high 24 shots-on-goal. Larson racked up 13 saves on the day.”
• On Sept. 4, Monticello clipped the Bluejackets 3-1 to open the Mississippi 8 season.
Mississippi 8 Girls Soccer
St. Michael-Alb. 2-0-1; Big Lake 2-1; Monticello 2-1-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-2-1; Rogers 0-2-1; Buffalo 0-2.