Tigers soccer snaps losing streak

Published 8:37 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

The Albert Lea girls’ soccer team traveled to Byron on Saturday afternoon in hopes of ending its three-game losing streak — in which they lost each game by a score of 2-1.

Although the match was tied at zero heading into the halftime break, sophomore Jacy Rosas found the back of the net in the second half, as the Tigers held on to beat the Bears 1-0.

It was an uneventful first half for both teams, with neither team finding a real scoring opportunity. Finally, in the second half at the 18:41 mark, Rosas kicked a high arching shot that snuck past the goalie for the first and only score of the game. The goal came on an assist from freshman Lucy Stay.

“With that goal, the team was filled with energy and excitement, but we knew that there was still plenty of time left, and lots of things could happen,” said head coach Laura Wangen.

Junior goaltender Marissa Vogt had a big game in the second half that started when the Bears were awarded a penalty shot after a hand ball was called on the Tigers inside the box. Vogt deflected the ball to the left before getting on top of it to prevent a rebound opportunity.

The Bears were again awarded a penalty kick with just seconds remaining in the game, but the Tigers were able to make one more deflection to come away with the victory.

“Playing with a short bench, as a coaching staff, we give credit to each and every player for battling through another physical game,” Wangen said. “We will continue with the momentum of the win as we head into our final week of play.”

The Tigers move to 5-6-2 on the season and will play Tuesday at Red Wing and Thursday at home against Rochester Mayo in their final two games of the regular season.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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