Ranger soccer girls go 1-2 on week

Senior captain for Forest Lake Olivia Norman pushes the ball upfield during last Thursday’s home game against Cretin-Derham Hall. The Rangers lost 4-2, before beating Chisago Lakes 1-0 at home on Saturday. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

Forest Lake girls’ soccer was burned by untimely mistakes last Tuesday when they lost 6-0 against a Class AA No. 10 Woodbury team, before coming home on Thursday to lose a closer one 4-2 to Cretin-Derham Hall.

The Rangers had opportunities to take over against Cretin-Derham Hall, especially after senior captain Lara Steinhoff tied it up just after halftime. Steinhoff had both goals for Forest Lake, but that wasn’t enough to hold off the loss. The Raiders scored with about 10 minutes left in the game, then doused Ranger hope with another goal at the three-minute-mark.

Ranger head coach Hanz Lehrke was proud of the way his girls bounced back after the tough loss to Woodbury, but disappointed since the Raider squad stands just one spot higher in the conference standings with an overall record of 5-5-1. The Rangers now sit at 4-7-1. The girls played tough and again were more similar to the Raiders in talent level than the score displayed.

“We are still plagued by the young ‘team-itis’ making bad mistakes at very inopportune times,” Lehrke said. “We will get past them.”

Going into a home match-up against Chisago Lakes on Saturday, Lehrke said he was “cautiously optimistic” about pulling out a win since his squad passed and moved so well versus Cretin-Derham Hall.

After the Rangers beat the Wildcats 1-0 on another Steinhoff goal, Lehrke said his team looked slower than its usual fast-paced game, and hopes the girls can pick up speed through the last part of the season.

“We [coaches] really just want them to win because it would do so much more for their confidence, even if it’s just a little bit,” Lehrke said. “We play well, but we just can’t win. They deserve it, and I’m still convinced it will come.”

Forest Lake faced Stillwater at 5 p.m. at home on Tuesday, and will travel to Roseville Thursday, Sept. 27, for a 7 p.m. game.