Cambridge-Isanti girls soccer gave the “Parents Night” crowd a great showing after blanking Monticello 2-0 in the Sept. 24 conference match.
The Bluejackets scored all the goals they needed in the first half– actually, in the first 16 minutes. Swift midfielder Dante Lemon gathered the ball just inside the mid stripe and broke away, tucking a shot into the corner six minutes into the match.
Cassie Galligan followed with a shot just over the bar as the Jackets maintained control. Then at the 15:37 mark, the Magic turned the ball over in their own box, and Carlynn Galleazzi took advantage by sniping home a shot into the far corner for the 2-0 lead.
The Jackets kept creating chances with their hustle as Melyssa Varsoke and Lindsey Elmquist both had blasts on the Monti net to force saves. Down the final minutes of the first half, the Magic had several good pushes that were turned away with defensive pressure by Thessa Daniels and Alex Benjamin. Keeper Justine Larson added a save on a 10-yard liner with 1:36 left.
That win followed a 5-0 Bluejacket victory at St. John’s Prep on Saturday. Bailey Richards scored twice, and Elmquist set up two assists. Varsoke and Lemon scored C-I’s first two goals, and Galligan made it 4-0 early in the second half. Larson was called on for nine saves in the match.
“St. John’s was tougher on the field than the score indicated. Our girls played very well across the field to stop their attack– from the defense to the midfield to the forwards and strikers,” said C-I Coach Mike Galligan.
• Back on Sept. 17, the Bluejackets gave M-8 leader Rogers a stiff challenge before the Royals won 2-1 with a goal halfway into overtime. After a scoreless first half, C-I struck first in the second half when Elmquist made a header assist to Varsoke who put the ball away. Rogers then answered with a shot under the cross bar to send the game into OT. Larson had 22 saves against the Royals’ furious attack.
“This was a tough one to lose, but I was pleased with how we played,” said Coach Galligan.
Mississippi 8 Girls Soccer: Rogers 5-0, 7-4; St. Michael-Alb. 3-0-3, 7-2-3; Princeton 3-1-2, 5-3-4; Chisago Lakes 2-1-3, 4-4-3; St. Francis 2-2, 3-5-2; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 6-5; Buffalo 1-2-3, 2-4-4; Monticello 1-4, 3-7-1; North Branch 0-4-1, 3-7-1; Big Lake 0-2, 3-7.
C-I Boys Soccer defeats Johnnies
The Cambridge-Isanti boys soccer squad won its fifth game of the season with a 3-1 effort at St. John’s Prep on Saturday. Scoring goals were Nate Cox, Micah Brady and Josh Samsa, with Joel Heiserich setting up two goals. Jake Harding handled 17 saves in the victory.
On Sept. 24, Monticello got past C-I 2-1 in overtime. Samsa scored for C-I, and the Bluejackets are now 2-3 in Mississipi 8 matches. Coach Charles Kieffer: “Our guys played hard and never gave up. We were behind by one and came back to tie it up.”
Mississippi 8 Boys Soccer: Chisago Lakes 6-0, 11-0; Rogers 4-1, 5-7; St. Francis 3-2, 5-6; Monticello 3-2-1, 6-4-1; Cambridge-Isanti 2-3, 5-6; St. Michael-Alb. 2-2-2, 2-8-2; Buffalo 2-2-1, 3-7-1; Big Lake 1-2, 2-7; Princeton 1-4, 2-6-1; North Branch 0-6, 2-7.