Soccer trip yields two wins

Ranger girls go 2-1 up north

A season-opening trip to Duluth brought another fast start for the Forest Lake girls’ soccer team. A year after going 4-2 to open the year, the Rangers won two of three games up north last week.

“I was very impressed by the maturity, sportsmanship, and positive attitude of all the ladies,” said coach Hanz Lehrke. “The program and all three teams learned a lot this past two days and we made big strides forward in our growth as teams.”

As in 2011, the Rangers played Two Harbors on the season’s first day. Last year, Forest Lake crushed the Agates 10-3. The hosts were improved this year but still no match for Forest Lake, which won 5-0 on Thursday.

Junior Emily Paulson notched two goals. Senior Skye Finley, sophomore Sarah Jaeb and junior Mattheisen also found the net.

Forest Lake found Hibbing-Chisholm to also have improved from last fall, but the Rangers prevailed 3-1 on Friday. Jaeb, Paulson and sophomore Jacqueline Pothen scored.

Duluth Denfeld clipped the Rangers 2-1 in the second game of the day. The Hunters were fast and physical and the Rangers misfired on a few scoring opportunities.

“We certainly stayed with them the whole game,” Lehrke said.

Paulson’s fourth goal of the trip tied the game 1-1. Duluth Denfeld scored the game-winner with about 15 minutes remaining.

Forest Lake remains on the road this week with contests at St. Francis on Tuesday and at Mounds View on Thursday. The Rangers play at Andover next Wednesday.