Fairmont — A header goal, a perfect cross pass, an own goal, a penalty kick save and two yellow cards highlighted Tuesday night’s second match of the Season Girls’ Soccer Series between the Fairmont Area and Mancat Loyola I let
Kate Busche scored two second-half goals to complement her first-half assists, Maia Gerndt scored a goal and a helper, and netkeeper Maddie Stromberg made seven saves in a run against the NASCAR-esque Crusaders. They paced a 4-1 win for the hometown Cardinals. Fairmont’s Jeffrey Cottsucker plays “trading paint” style at his complex.
“Tonight was definitely a physical game.” Cardinal head coach Matt Nielsen said the team won the team’s previous clash, 3-1, on Sept. 1 in Mankato. “I think I breathed a sigh of relief when Maddy[Stromberg]stuffed Loyola’s second penalty towards the end of the game.”
Loyola was hit with two yellow cards for physicality of play during the game while the Cardinals were whistled two fouls in the box to award the Crusaders a penalty kick.
Fairmont area forward Anna Utermark created the header of the contest by stealing a pass from Emma Shepman near the left post at 30:33 in the first half and scoring with a cranial carom.
However, Loyola fought back with the fast-footed Eva Davies to tie the game at 1–1 with 16:59 remaining until half-time. Davis set up an overpass, sped up by the Cardinal defenders, over the leaping Stromberg and slammed into the string from the crossbar.
However, Maier Gernd picked up the momentum and took a 2-1 lead towards the Fairmont area at 5:47 in the first half. Kate Busche worked left wing before finding Gerndt on the doorstep for a kick-in.
Maia Gerndt and Kate Bush exchanged roles in the second half, with the Fairmont freshman lofting an accurate left-to-right endline pass over a Loyola defender to the waiting Busch near the right post. Busche tapped a shot into the twine to get his 3-1 edge on the scoreboard with 25:50 left in regulation.
“It was the cleanest pass I’ve seen in a while.” Nielsen said, referring to Maia Gerndt’s cross pass.
Kate Bush then scored the second goal by kicking the ball away from a Crusader player who accidentally drilled Carom into Loyola’s net. Hannah Goerndt was credited with assisting the play with 16:43 remaining in regulation.
Cardinal defender Abby Sichhoski actually produced the first save of the game by clearing a ricochet shot for the Crusaders that evaded Stromberg’s reach at the 30:44 juncture in the first half.
After Loyola missed the first penalty kick on the outside of the left post with 18:48 left in the first segment, Stromberg dived with his fingertips on Davis’ left-to-right liner from a left field rush at 17. She showed her athleticism by saving. :40 on the scoreboard before halftime.
Paige Olinger recorded two saves for Loyola between pipes.
The Fairmont Area (6-7) will travel to La Crescent Joca on Saturday for the non-league contest at 1:00 PM.
Mankato Loyola (4-5-3) will host St. Peter in the Big South Conference game Thursday at 4:30pm.
FA–Anna Utermarck (Emma Scheppmann), 30:33.
LOY–Ava Davis (unaided), 16:59.
FA–Maia Goerndt (Kate Busche), 5:47.
FA–Kate Bush (Maia Gerndt), 25:50.
FA–Kate Bush [own goal] (Hannah Goerndt), 16:43.
Shots on goal: Fairmont Area 2-4-6; Mankato Loyola 7-2–9.
Saves: Maddy Stromberg (FA) 7, Abby Szyhoski (FA) 1; Paige Olinger (LOY) 2.
Frankie Martin scored two goals in Tuesday’s junior varsity match at Fairmont in a well-balanced scoring attack as the Fairmont Area beat Mankato Loyola 9-0.
After Sidney Bromster opened the scoring for the Cardinals with an unassisted goal, Maddie Pullim scored from Molly Riding’s assist.
After Alysen Lindquist scored without an assist, Frankie Martin picked up a pass from Alex Martin to extend Fairmont Area’s lead to 4-0.
Frankie Martin, Reiding, and Alex Martin each added an unassisted goal for the Cardinals after Maia Gernd found the twine from an assist on Reiding and Elsa Thompson turned a Kate Hagen pass into a goal. did.
Mary Barrett made one save during the pipe in the Fairmont area.
Fairmont Area 3, Mankato Loyola 0 — Angel Sanchez and Prince Lebbi perfected their give-and-go play, accounting for every Cardinals goal in Tuesday’s shutout victory over the Crusaders in Mankato.
Sanchez set up the first of Levi’s two net-finding blasts in the match after kicking off an attacking performance with an unassisted goal. Lebbi added an insurance goal from Sanchez’s second pass to curb the production of points.
Jack Kosbab made eight saves at net for the Cardinals and Jonathan Heinze avoided two shots on goal.
The Fairmont, who swept the season series after winning Game 1 by decision 3-2 on Sept. 1, had six shots on goal on Tuesday.
The Fairmont area (5-6-1) hosts Cannon Falls Thursday nights at 7pm at the Cotto Soccer Complex.