Scores don’t reflect play for Ranger girls’ soccer

Forest Lake loses to Park, ties with Coon Rapids

 

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

It was a tough week on the road for the Forest Lake girls’ soccer team, as it lost 3-0 to Park last Tuesday, then tied 1-1 with Coon Rapids on Saturday.

“The reality is that really none of the scores have been indicative of how we played, it’s just a silly mental mistake here and there that cost us,” Ranger head coach Hanz Lehrke said. “But, that’s part of growing up and we have a young team here. They’ll learn.”

In both matches, Forest Lake gave up goals in the first two minutes of play, then tried to fight its way back in. The Rangers almost succeeded with Park, as they kept pace during the rest of the game, only giving in to two more Park goals off of corner kicks during the final minutes of the match,

“The first half especially gave us coaches the ability to show the ladies that you can play arguably your worst half of soccer, and still hold them scoreless [after the opening minutes],” Lehrke said. “It’s just those momentary lapses that get us.”

Lehrke said the Forest Lake team has and will continue to work on concentration drills during practice to combat the mental errors on the field.

With the exception of another early goal against Coon Rapids Saturday, the concentration drills may have already paid off. The Rangers were able to hold Coon Rapids scoreless the remainder of the game, and showed consistency across the field, according to Lehrke.

Forest Lake senior midfielder Skye Finley scored from 25 yards out again for the game-changing goal, reminiscent of Finley’s game-winning shot at home against East Ridge two weeks ago.

“It’s funny, because Skye has mainly been a defender in the past,” Lehrke said. “But she’s taking some really nice shots and being consistent with it. That helps show the rest of the team that they can score too, as long as they take the shots.”

Lehrke was also quick to reiterate that this team is solid as a unit, which shows on the field and hopefully in time, on the scoreboard as well.

“This is probably one of the funnest teams I’ve had,” Lehrke said. “They look out for each other, and it’s always a group effort.”

Forest Lake traveled to Woodbury Tuesday evening, and will come home to face Cretin-Derham Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 20.

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