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WHS boys soccer team wins, girls tie; tennis team beats New Ulm

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Thursday was a splash of activity for the newly-minted Worthington High School fall athletic season. As the volleyball team was edged 3-2 in an exciting season opener against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, both soccer teams performed as well as the girls tennis team.

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Results:

Girls soccer

Worthington 0, Loyola 0

WORTHINGTON -- Defense was front and center as the Trojans finished in a 0-0 tie with Mankato Loyola at Trojan Field.

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After a 10-minute overtime, the game stayed scoreless.

And as the score indicated, it was an evenly-matched event. Worthington had several scoring opportunities. Leidy Chavez and Sahyra Talamantes both had good shots in the second half.

The Trojans’ defense played well together in the team’s first game of the season, and first-year head coach Anne Greenway said the intensity was high. Maylin Fabian Perez, a freshman, performed in goal for the home team.

“She really stood out tonight with her ability to read the ball. It was great to see her confidence grow in the net,” said Greenway.

Loyola 0 0 0 -- 0

Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

Boys soccer

Worthington 5, Loyola 2

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MANKATO -- Last year’s state tournament Worthington Trojans boys team is starting a new year without several talented graduates, and in their first test they were winners on the road.

“We looked good overall,” reported head coach Juan Flores from Mankato. “But there’s obviously a lot of things we’ve got to work on. The passing was good, but the last pass was missing.”

Flores also said his team needs to refrain from relaxing when they get a lead.

The Trojans scored twice in the first half and three times in the second, allowing both of Loyola’s goals to strike in the second half.

Jonathan Banegas, who led the state in scoring last year as a sophomore, scored twice for Worthington. Maqui Sandoval also had two goals. And freshman Danny Banegas, Jonathan’s younger brother, scored once.

Worthington 2 3 -- 5

Loyola 0 2 -- 2

Tennis

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Worthington 5, New Ulm 2

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School girls tennis team captured its first win of the season Thursday with a 5-2 triumph over visiting New Ulm.

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The Trojans (1-1) won three of the four singles matches and two of the three doubles matches.

The singles wins came at No. 2 as Taylor Nordseth beat Calyn Glaser 6-0, 6-4, at No. 3 as Brooke Nordseth beat Lana Braun 6-1, 6-1, and at No. 4 where Taya Oberloh beat Emily Pearson 6-2, 6-0.

The doubles wins came at No. 1 where Riley Nickel and Bryn Donkersloot beat Katie Wilker and Claire Brown 6-4, 6-3, and at No. 2 where Savannah Rodriguez and Taylor Michelson outplayed Kate Frauenholtz and Karson Schmid.

New Ulm won at No. 1 singles as Lydia King defeated the Trojans’ Hannah McNab 6-4, 6-1, and at No. 3 doubles where Peyton Kveno and Lexi Schneider won 6-2, 6-1 over Sadie Nickel and Makayla Phoungphet.

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