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Girls soccer: Trojans get on the winning side

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Junior forward Ana Castillo scored two goals to lead the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team to its first victory of the season Thursday.

Worthington edged Sioux Falls Christian 2-1 on a day when the Trojans were on the losing end of the shots-on-goal ledger (22 to 10) but on the winning end of what counted most.

In what has become something of a trend, the Trojans started slowly. But they picked up the pace.

“We talked the other day about coming out sloppy. We talked about it in practice Wednesday, and we did a few things differently today which are new for us,” said WHS head coach Emily Ahlquist. “Actually, about 20 minutes into the game, that’s when we starting connecting on things and making progress.”

Castillo scored the game’s first goal on a breakaway at the 18:48 mark. She beat a defender, went one-on-one with the goalie, and made a nice cut for the shot.

Castillo scored again with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. Achan Alwal made a pass upfield to Castillo, who trapped it on her backside and made a shot to the lower left corner of the net.

With 12 minutes left in the match, Sioux Falls Christian scored after a hand ball was called against the Trojans. It was tallied on the ensuing penalty kick.

Ahmitara Alwal was credited with making several outstanding saves in net for the Trojans. Sioux Falls Christian had 13 shots on goal in the first half and nine more in the second. Worthington had three first half shot attempts and seven in the second half.

Worthington 1 1 — 2

SF Christian 0 1 — 1

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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