Lady Saints defeat two foes in road matches

Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Lady Saints' Ida Byrkjeland dribbles in the open field earlier this season. Byrkjeland had two goals and one assist in a 10-0 victory at St. Mary's last week Monday. (Kaleb Nierman)

Playing on slick fields didn't deter the Saint Paul Lady Saints soccer team last week. The Lady Saints won two matches on the road, giving up only one goal.

The Lady Saints shut out St. Mary's 10-0 in Independence last week Monday and downed host Clinton 3-1 Saturday.

Saint Paul 3, at Clinton 1

Saint Paul had two chances in the early minutes but couldn't convert either into a goal.

Then the game turned around, the Lady Cardinals getting the next two chances.

About 12 minutes into the game, the Lady Cardinals were awarded an indirect free kick (the ball must touch another layer after being put in play before it could count as a goal) at the top of the 18-yard box. The initial kick was sailed out of bounds.

But Clinton, which had split two games with the Lady Saints in 2012, kept its foot on the accelerator, forcing a foul from the Lady Saints inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. SPLHS goalkeeper Hannah Gillet was up to the challenge, making the save.

After the scoreless first half, the Lady Saints scored first in the second minute of the second half. Hadley Rolf dribbled the middle of the field, beating two Clinton defenders on the right side of the box, and chipped a shot up and over the goalkeeper and in-to the net.

In the 64th minute, the Lady Saints' Rebecca Roepe used her speed to beat Clinton's defense down the right side. Her crossing pass into the box went to Devon Heins, who was in perfect position to shoot and score.

Clinton battled back, scoring the next goal in the 70th minute.

Roepe added an insurance goal, scoring off a rebound of a shot that caromed off the crossbar.

The Lady Saints, who accumulated 19 shots, had seven corner kicks to Clinton's four.

Gillet made seven saves in net.

The Lady Saints lost the junior-varsity game 2-0, Clinton scoring in each half.

Saint Paul 10.

at St. Mary's 0

Eight different Lady Saints scored goals in the shutout.

Rolf got things rolling for the Lady Saints in the second minute by scoring off a pass from Ida Byrkjeland.

Five minutes later, Maria Gjoen dribbled up the field through defenders, then played a give-and-go to Heins. Just after Heins returned the pass, Gjoen buried the shot.

Byrkjeland scored back-to-back goals in the ninth and 10th minutes. The first was off a pass from Heins. The latter tally was unassisted.

Leah Hoffman played a ball toward the far post of the goal, and Heins was in the right place at the right time to tap it into the net in the 17th minute.

Two minutes later, Helene Aalvik dribbled the ball up the right side and rifled a shot into the net.

Heins was a recipient of another Hoffmann pass and scored again in the 23rd minute.

Two minutes into the second half, Breanna Vogelsmeier scored for the Lady Saints.

Samantha Heiselman scored in the 57th minute on a shot from the left side of the box that sneaked inside the near post.

Hoffmann finished the scoring with a goal off an assist by Gjoen in the 61st minute.

The game was called at that point due to the 10-goal rule.

The Lady Saints, 8-3, play at Marshall Thursday and host Summit Christian Friday.

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