Albert Lea scores 4 goals in second half to cruise past Winona

Published 9:23 am Friday, September 23, 2016

It has been quite the week for Rachel Rehnelt and the Albert Lea girls’ soccer team.

In their two games  earlier this week, the Tigers scored nine goals, six coming from Rehnelt.

Albert Lea hosted the Winona Winhawks in a big conference matchup Thursday night.

It was a slow start for the Tigers, but Rehnelt got things going midway through the first half with a goal, one of three she would score on the night.

Rehnelt would then score on a penalty kick, and the Tigers would win going away, 7-2.

Freshman Ashley Butt scored her first career varsity goal in the first half off an assist by Maddie Schneider.

Albert Lea freshman Turena Schultz takes a corner kick during the first half of Albert Lea’s game against Winona Thursday night. Schultz scored a goal in Albert Lea’s 7-2 victory.

Albert Lea freshman Turena Schultz takes a corner kick during the first half of Albert Lea’s game against Winona Thursday night. Schultz scored a goal in Albert Lea’s 7-2 victory.

The Tigers poured in four more goals in the second half. Lucy and Claire Sherman, Rehnelt and Turena Schultz all scored in the second half.

“It was a slow start for us,” said Tigers coach Laura Wangen. “But when we took off, we really took off. We were able to make adjustments and players were stepping up at whatever position they were asked to play.”

The Tigers are now 3-3 in the Big Nine Conference and 6-3 overall.

Rehnelt has scored nine goals in her last three matches and has accumulated three hat tricks during that span.

Albert Lea will play at Rochester Mayo Saturday in a makeup game from Sept. 15.

Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m.