Jordyn Boe clears the ball from Byron's half of the field. Photo by Keith Garvens
By Marc Stangler
The Byron Girls Soccer team is finishing up a stretch run in preparation for the section playoffs, which starts on Oct 8th. The girls are currently 8-4-2, and have games against Rochester Lourdes and Kasson Mantorville to close out the regular season.
The last couple of weeks have been hard on the Bears, as they have lost multiple players to injuries, and have had to scramble a bit, to adjust to different players playing in different positions. They've basically had a different line-up on the field every game since the first week of the season, and are looking to get some players back, and some consistency as they prepare for tournament action.
September 16 vs Dover Eyota, 2-2 tie
The girls honored their 10 seniors at halftime during the contest. The seniors are Abby Bienborn, Breanne Hemann, Ali Johnson, Kelsey von Berge, Maureen Disque, Kara Long, Logan Felten, Kenna Johnson, Margeret Silhasek, and Madison Schimek. All have been great ambassadors to our girls soccer program and will be missed.
The game was an evenly played contest, with DE jumping out to a one goal lead in the first half, and Byron answering with 3 minutes left in the half when Mackenzie Damerow got free in front of the net and tallied the goal. Byron jumped in front in the second half when Takota Tierney took a cross from Lia Mangouras in the fifty-second minute to give the Bears a 2-1 lead. The Eagles tied the score 14 minutes later, and after 2 overtime periods, the score was 2-2. Although the Bears outshot DE 15-7, they just couldn't put that 3rd goal in the net.
September 17 at LaCrescent, 3-2 Loss
The next night, the girls traveled to LaCrescent to take on the 9-1 Lancers. LaCrescent is always a formidable foe, and this night proved to be no exception. The Lancers jumped on Byron early, scoring in under 3 minutes. The Byron girls really came out flat (maybe due to the long bus ride), and LaCrescent took advantage. The first half was all LaCrescent as they outshot Byron 7-2, and took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was a different story. The lady Bears came out firing, and got within a goal just 2 minutes into the half when Kara Long scored off a Corner Kick by Kelsey von Berge. LaCrescent got a 3rd goal on their 2nd penalty kick of the half. The bears continued a dominating second half, but were not able to complete the upset. Jordyn Boe scored from a second von Berge assist. The girls maintained pressure on the Lancer net, but weren't able to tallied the tying goal, and fell 3-2
September 24 at Plainview Elgin Milleville, 2-0 Win
The girls got a much needed win in Plainview, getting goals from Mackenzie Damerow and Maureen Disque in the second half to come away with a 2-0 victory. Takota Tierney and Allie Johnson recorded assists on the goals, and the defense held strong to get the victory. The girls proved that they didn't need to play their best game to get a victory, but hoped that better play would be coming as they prepare for section play.
September 26 vs LaCrescent ,1-3 Loss
Yep, LaCrescent again. And still a very good LaCrescent team. This time around, the game was a bit more physical, and "chippy". The Byron girls played very good soccer through the first 15 minutes of both halves, but seemed to press a bit, as each half progressed. The Lancers tallied the first goal of the night with3 minutes left in the first half, and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Bears tied the score at the 57 minute mark when Takota Tierney took a great cross from Lia Mangouras and headed it past the Lancer keeper.
LaCrescent answered immediately with a goal 1 minute later, and added a late tally to seal the victory. It was a good measuring stick for Byron as they continue to try to get healthy, and work toward peaking in the next couple of weeks.