When the Cloquet-Carlton and Esko girls soccer teams played Tuesday, Aug. 28, both teams entered the game undefeated and neither team had given up a goal in their first two games.
The Lumberjacks hammered Forest Lake and Tartan by a combined 15-0 margin, while the Eskomos pounded North Branch and Mesabi East by a combined score of 11-0. In other words, something had to give in a game played with wet field conditions.
At the end of the day, the 'Jacks played another near flawless game in coming away with a 3-0 victory, preserving their winning streak and their scoreless streak all at the same time.
Kiana Bender got the 'Jacks on the board early with a goal in the sixth minute on an assist from Mireye Moose. With less than a minute to play in the first half, CC scored again, this time off the foot of Kendra Kelley with a assist from Brenna Martin. Kelley, who also scored a goal in the second half, is off to an incredible start on the season and has now scored 12 goals in three games.
"Conditions made it a sloppy game," CC coach Dustin Randall said. "I liked the work of my players. And I am happy we still have not conceded a goal this season."
Cloquet-Carlton opened the season Friday, Aug. 24, by throttling Forest Lake 8-0 behind the six-goal performance of Kendra Kelley. Also scoring for CC were Kiana Bender and Brenna Mattson.
The 'Jacks also won Monday, Aug. 27, when they downed Tartan 7-0. Kelley again led the offense by scoring four goals, but amazingly, the game was shortened in the second half by 32 minutes when it was called due to bad weather.
Bender also stayed hot for CC by pounding home three goals as the 'Jacks out-shot Tartan 20-3. Cloquet-Carlton net minder Gracie Meagher stopped three shots each against Tartan and Forest Lake.
"Kendra (Kelley) is a complete player that has speed and she is tough to stop," Randall said.
Meanwhile, Esko opened last week by notching a 5-0 win over North Branch on Thursday, Aug. 23, and then picking up a 6-0 win over Mesabi East on Friday, Aug. 24.
Terryn McColley scored a pair of goals in the win over North Branch in a game that saw four different players score for the Eskomos. Sydney Hanson led scoring in Friday's game with a pair of goals, but the Eskomos again had solid balance with five players scoring. Macy
Sunnarborg did not face a shot on goal against Mesabi East and faced only four shots against North Branch.