Raiders girls’ soccer wins first match of the season
North St. Paul
Head coach Scott Meier said that the girls played their best match of the season against North St. Paul.
“We competed for the full 80 minutes and then also the 10 minutes of overtime,” Meier said. “It was a fun match to be involved with, as both teams controlled play at times.”
Paige Newman scored the first goal of the match for the Raiders on the assist by Ari Green. Meier described it as a beautiful attacking play that was started on Hastings’ defensive end by Emily Mathison.
North St. Paul tied the score toward the end of the first half after Hastings turned the ball over in their own half, converting the turnover with a pass through the Raiders’ defense and then a cross into the scoring area for the goal.
Meier said the second half was tightly contested between the two teams and that Hastings’ controlled the overtime but was unable to score, resulting in the tie.
The Raiders’ got their first win of the season against Tartan, continuing off what Meier said was their best match to date against North St. Paul.
“The match was a continuation from our play Tuesday against North St. Paul, which we felt was our best match to date,” Meier said. “We needed this match to go our way and notching the first win was very important to these girls.”
The team not only had to contend with their opponents but also the weather. The whole match was played in a downpour, which made the field conditions less than ideal, and the teams also had to wait through two lightning delays.
Grace Griffith scored the first goal of the match after re-directing a throw-in from McKinley Lavin. Tartan tied it up 1-1 late in the second half; Meier said he thought his team controlled play in the first half but it was back and forth in the second.
The match went into two overtimes and Newman scored the go-ahead goal with 13 seconds left in the second overtime after making a move to maneuver around the goalkeeper off a pass from Green.
Meier said they had strong performances from all areas of the team.
“We got strong play from our goalkeeper, Hayley Kazmierczak, during the whole game and she kept us in the game,” Meier said. “Our midfield had some strong minutes during the match and I thought our defensive back four played strong as well. We saw some better movement up top and (on) the wings as well.”