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Paynesville Press - September 6, 2006

Club teams win first fall soccer games

By Coach Ric Koehn

Thursday, Aug. 31, saw a couple firsts for the Chain of Lakes Soccer Club. It was the first time a doubleheader had been held on their home field at Centennial Park in Richmond, as both teams played Sartell's junior varsity.

The boys' team got its first win of the season, 5-1, as junior Keegan Meagher set a team record with four goals, and the girls' team got its first-ever victory with a 2-1 win.

The boys' team went first in a game that started slow with neither team mounting much of an attack. But just before the end of the first half, Meagher was able to get his foot on a rebound and put the ball into the back of the net.

With a 1-0 lead going into the second half, the team was cautioned about a letdown. No caution was needed as Meagher put in his second goal 17 seconds into the half, as the team worked their kick-off play to perfection.

While Sartell snuck in one goal, the Roosters added three more goals for a 5-1 win. Felipe Vercosa, a foreign exchange student from Brazil who attends Rocori High School, lofted a beautiful 40-yard kick that sailed over the goalkeeper's head.

Not to be outdone, Meagher also lofted a shot from the opposite side, again from about 40 yards out, which again eluded the goalkeeper. Meagher scored again, ending up with four goals, a team record.

Junior Chris Block had little trouble in the nets for the Roosters, and eighth grader Mitchell Meed finished up in goal.

Overall, the boys played a decent game for their first outing. However, they know that they will have to play better in their next game when they play Willmar on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Willmar.

The boys had barely finished celebrating their victory when the girls' team took the field. Again history was made as the girls won their first game in club history.

After a slow and scoreless first half, eighth grader Jenna Kincade scored a breakaway goal in the second half to give Chain of Lakes a 1-0 lead. Amber Mueller of Rocori added a second goal to give the girls a 2-0 lead.

Sartell was able to score one goal to make the game interesting, but it still left the Sabres one goal short as the Roosters opened their season with a 2-1 win.

Kasi Huschle of Eden Valley-Watkins had a fine game in goal with many saves. Overall, the team's defense showed that it had made real improvement over last year.

The girls' next game is a rematch with Sartell on Thursday, Sept. 7, in Sartell.

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