Visiting Buffalo appeared to have the speed advantage on Cambridge-Isanti in the first half, but it was the Bluejackets coming out victorious with a 1-0 effort on a sun-drenched Oct. 2. The win came on “Parents Night” for the C-I girls.
The win also lifted the Bluejackets above the Bison in the Mississippi 8 standings in C-I’s final conference match. The Jackets finished in 3rd place this season, with St. Michael-Albertville defending its 2011 title.
Going with the wind in the first half, Buffalo applied early pressure in the C-I end. Lindsey Elmquist and Hannah Prigge blocked early shots, and keeper Justine Larson grabbed a save on a point-blank shot at the 9 minute mark.
Breaking down the left side, Elmquist worked for the Jackets’ first scoring chance in the 11th minute, but her blast sailed wide-left. The Bison counterattacked several times after, with C-I defenders Thessa Daniels and Alex Benjamin doing great jobs on take-aways before shots could be delivered.
As usual, it was a very physical game with the Bison. In the 33rd minute, Prigge, Larson and a Bison attacker all collided near the Jacket net, with Prigge getting the worst of it.
The Bluejackets had the wind in the second half, and Melyssa Varsoke used that advantage to score the lone the goal just 1:27 in on a solo run across the middle. She collected a loose ball and beat two defenders, dribbling square across the middle of the field and pulled a fast trigger from 28 yards, catching the defense off-guard and sending it in over the keeper’s head.
Coach Mike Galligan: “The wind died down a bit in the second half as happens a lot and was not much of a factor. We did generate three shots on goal that half but the more important offensive factor for us was the control and combination work from our midfielders, particularly Megan Dawson and Lindsey Elmquist’s possession of the ball through the middle third of the field kept Buffalo at bay a good part of the game, sophomore Emma Schoenecker came on very strong as well last night to contribute to our possession work.
“The biggest story of the game was our defensive play stopping a very dangerous Bison attack, from Michelle Cook providing immediate disruption of their counterattack from the support striker position to Emily Moore clogging up their central midfield at stopper –those two delayed the ball really well. Buffalo’s attack is well coordinated though, so they did get through a number of times and when that happened our defense held their line tenaciously with Thessa Daniels destroying anything in her area as sweeper along with Alex Benjamin and Hannah Prigge having a huge night at outside defense picking the Bison pockets numerous times to turn the ball and start our counterattack. Justine Larson held the final line of defense with 15 saves last night, recording her second shutout against Buffalo this season and giving us a two-game sweep of the Bison this year.”
• In their other M-8 action last week, the Bluejackets were blanked by St. Michael 3-0 on Sept. 27.
• It will be “Senior Recognition Day” for the Bluejackets when they host Chisago Lakes this Saturday, Oct. 6 (1 p.m. match).
Mississippi 8 Girls Soccer: St. Michael-Alb. 7-1, 11-1-3; Monticello 4-2-2, 6-5-3; Cambridge-Isanti 4-5, 6-6-1; Buffalo 3-4-1, 4-9-2; Rogers 3-4-1, 4-8-3; Big Lake 0-5, 6-10
Jacket boys go 2-1
The Cambridge-Isanti boys soccer team closed the regular season with a 3-0 shutout over host Buffalo Oct. 2. Josh Rouse collected the hat trick by netting all three Bluejacket goals as his team finished 4-5 in conference matches this season. At 17 minutes, Rouse got a free kick after Josh Samsa was fouled harshly, causing an ejection for their central back. Rouse put away the free kick
Coach Randy Rouse: “Buffalo is always tough for us, and their crowd is very spirited. Buffalo does not like getting beat by us, which hasn’t happened that much. Our team maintained its compusure while Buffalo ended up with three yellow cards and three red cards. It was a harsh game on their side. But we came back and controlled the game very well. Beating Buffalo was one of our goals for the season. I loved our determination and our commitment, right from the beginning of the game.”
At the 70th minute, Rouse put away a penalty-kick on perfect boot for a 2-0 lead. Then at the 80th minute just before the end of the game, Rouse beat the defenders down the line and bounced a shot off a Bison into the net.
On Saturday, the Bluejackets defeated host Princeton 10-3 in non-conference action. Josh Samsa and Rouse both collected two goals for C-I, with solo goals coming from Zeb Callahan, Kris Jensen, Nate Nassif, Micah Gertz (first varsity goal), Jacob Harding and Leo Tiberghein. Rouse finished with 4 assists, and Chaz Kieffer dealt 3 assists in the win.
Coach Randy Rouse: “It was a hot, beautiful day outside, and it was a good game for the team, with scoring spread around nicely.”
The Bluejackets fell to M-8 leader St. Michael-Albertville 4-2 on Sept. 27. Their next action will be the Oct. 11 quarterfinals of the Section 7AA tournament.
Mississippi 8 Boys Soccer: St. Michael-Alb. 6-1-1, 9-3-3; Monticello 5-3, 8-5-1; Buffalo 4-2-2, 6-6-2; Cambridge-Isanti 4-5, 10-5; Rogers 2-5-1, 3-10-1; Big Lake 0-5, 4-10
Warriors win 9-2
The Warriors played host to Hope Christian on Oct. 2 and won 9-2, raising their season record to 13-0 (3-0 in Christian Athletic League games).
Both Anders Boyum and Josh Roble scored two goals in the victory. Alex Moses, Peter Maring, David Fryc, Grant Taylor, and Isaiah Hurd all added solo goals. Justin Roble had two assists, with single assists coming from Jack Swenson, Fryc, Boyum and Moses.