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Tigers drop game to Raiders

After a shutout win over Worthington on Saturday, the Albert Lea girls’ soccer team hosted Northfield Monday night looking to stay on the winning path.

Despite an early goal from the Tigers, they were unable to hold the Raiders in the second half, falling 2-1.

The Tigers got out to a hot start  when sophomore Lucy Sherman scored less than seven minutes into the match. Sherman scored on a streak up the right side of the field off an assist from sophomore Jacy Rosas.

Albert Lea junior Emily Bos eyes an incoming ball Monday night against Northfield. Despite an early lead, the Tigers lost the match 2-1. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Rosas had a chance to add to the lead a few moments later with a free kick; however, the shot just missed the mark, leaving the Tigers with a one-point advantage.

Junior goalie Marissa Vogt had her work cut out for her Monday night, racking up multiple saves throughout the first half.

The Raiders had two opportunities to tie the game just  barely miss the goal in the first half, as two shots hit the crossbar and sailed over the top of the net.

When the halftime horn sounded, Albert Lea headed to the locker room still clinging to a slim one-point lead.

In the second half, the Raiders came out and evened the score just six minutes into play. The goal came from senior Sofie Nelson, who broke past a couple of Tiger defenders for a good look at the goal.

After a few minutes of action, Rosas took a corner kick that put the ball in a good position for the Tigers, but they were unable to capitalaize on the oppotunity.

With 19 minutes remaining, Northfield was awarded a free kick on Albert Lea’s side of the pitch. Northfield made the most of the opportunity, by putting it just out of Vogt’s reach and into the back of the net.

Down 2-1 with under 20 minutes to play, the Tigers needed a goal quickly to have a shot at sending the game to overtime.

That score almost came with around nine minutes left to play, when the ball was placed very close to the Raider’s goal, but the Tigers were unable to create a good enough shot to get past the Raider goalie.

The Tigers fall to 4-4-2 on the season and have a busy week ahead of them.

Albert Lea will play at home on Tuesday against Mankato East, before playing road games on Thursday against Rochester John Marshall and Saturday against Byron. 

About Tyler Julson

Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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