Prep soccer: WHS boys win, girls lose
GLENCOE —The goals were plentiful for the Worthington Trojans Tuesday in their boys soccer match with Glencoe-Silver Lake. So much so, that in the second half head coach Smitty Ektnitphong pulled his goalkeeper and made him a forward.
And he scored a goal, too, in Worthington’s 9-0 victory.
Junior forward Jesus Ordaz scored four goals for the Trojans and freshman forward Ivan Rodriguez scored two. Single goals were scored by Victor Meza, Angel Sanchez and Kody Honius.
Honius’ goal was the last goal scored in the game —and his first goal of the season. Honius, a goalkeeper who wasn’t getting very much action on his side of the field, was replaced and inserted back into the game as a forward. He scored his goal on a breakaway.
“They played well,” Ektnitphong said about his team. “I think it’s a continuation from yesterday, the last 18 minutes (Worthington defeated Fairmont 3-1 in a game highlighted by a strong second half). Before the game started I asked the kids to duplicate the performance because they played so well (against Fairmont) in the last 18 minutes.”
On Tuesday, Worthington out-shot Glencoe-Silver Lake 18-0 in the first half and 6-1 in the second half.
The Trojans, 9-2-1 on the season, play their last regular season match Thursday, at home, against one of the best teams in the section, Mankato West. Before then — tomorrow —they participate in section seeding. First-round sectional action is scheduled for Monday.
Worthington 7 2 — 9
G-SL 0 0 — 0
G-SL 3, WHS 0
Tuesday was a difficult day for the Trojan girls, who were again lacking depth. The Trojans had just one reserve player available in Monday’s 5-0 setback in Fairmont, and there were only two available against Glencoe-Silver Lake — and both of them on offense.
Worthington started slowly on Tuesday, said head coach Emily Ahlquist. The Trojans were not connecting their passes, and not getting to the ball first. They managed only two shots on goal in the first half, where Glencoe-Silver Lake scored all three its goals.
The performance improved in the second half. Worthington managed to get as many shots on goal as its hosts did —11. But the Trojans could not shrink their deficit.
“Trying to catch up in the second half, we just didn’t have enough to do it,” Ahlquist said.
Despite the loss, Worthington’s Johana Flores played well, getting some great offensive opportunities down the right side in the second half. Sweeper McKayla Gravenhof played very well on defense, Ahlquist declared.
The WHS girls have their section seeding meeting today. The tournament begins next Tuesday.
Worthington 0 0 — 0
G-SL 3 0 — 3