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Girls win 2 of 3 to finish regular season
The New Prague Trojans closed their regular season last week by winning two of three games, highlighted by an overtime win over Red Wing.
The Trojans (4-10-2, 1-6 Missota) finished in seventh place in the eight-team Missota Conference. They received the No. 11 seed in the Section 2A playoffs and opened the playoffs by losing to No. 7 seed Austin, 3-0. Details on that game will be in next week’s edition of The New Prague Times.
The Section 2A tournament continues with games Saturday, Oct. 12, Tuesday, Oct. 15, and the championship game on Friday, Oct. 18.
Besides the win over Farmington, the Trojans lost to Chaska in their Missota finale and defeated Fairmont.
Trojans 2, Wingers 1 New Prague dominated play for much of the game, but needed overtime to take a 2-1 win over Red Wing Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The Trojans outshot Red Wing 20-3, but it was the Wingers that scored the only goal of the first half, on a penalty kick at the 19:30 mark.
The Trojans continued to apply pressure and got on the board when they hit the cross bar and followed up with a rebound to tie the score five minutes into the second half.
The Trojan defense played well throughout, but Coach Steve Kehrli said the stars of this game were his midfielders, Michaela Emond, Leah Bissell (playing mostly midfield instead of her usual forward position), and Liza Niedermayer.
The Trojans got the gamewinner 6:30 into overtime on a free kick from about 45 yards out. Annie Algren took the kick and put a beautiful ball into the box for the game winning assist, and Delaney McLoone finished it by putting the ball into the back of the net for the win.
Hawks 5, Trojans 1 Kehrli said for as much as his team dominated at home against Red Wing, that was how much they were dominated by an impressive Chaska squad Thursday, Oct. 3. The Hawks outshot New Prague 17-3 and controlled most of the game.
Kalli Woyda scored the Trojans only goal, with an assist from Niedermayer.
Trojans 4, Cardinals 2 New Prague outshot Fairmont 17-4 in the first half of their game against Fairmont, but somehow trailed the Cardinals 2-0 at halftime on Saturday, Oct. 5.
“We played one of our best games of the season, we just couldn’t get the ball in the net in the first half.”
The Trojans continued their relentless pressure in the second half and were eventually rewarded. Emond took a pass from Bissell and rifled a great left-footed shot from the 18 into the back of the net five minutes into the half. At the 53-minute mark Annie Algren took a pass from Destiny Theilmann just in front of the net and tapped the ball over the keeper to tie the score. A minute later Theilmann put a corner kick into the box where Bissell found the ball and the back of the net for a 3-2 lead. With 5 minutes left, Stephany Medina put the game out of reach by stepping in front of a clearing attempt and lofting a shot over the goalie for the final score in a 4-2 win.
During halftime, the Trojans honored their seniors: including Captains Woyda and Niedermayer, as well as Rachel Haecherl, Hailey Peterson, Jessica Randolph and manager Faith Schroeder.