Prep girls soccer: Fast start propels 'Jacks to victory over Proctor
Senior Alexa Snesrud scored just 37 seconds into the match before junior Kiley Issendorf and senior Macava Smith followed suit in less than a four-minute span.
PROCTOR — A swift three-goal burst in the opening four minutes of play helped the visiting Lumberjacks set the tone early in a convincing 5-0 shutout victory over Proctor, Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Terry Egerdahl Field.
The team’s ability to generate offense rapidly has been an ongoing trend dating back to their most recent match against Esko, according to Cloquet-Carlton head coach Dustin Randall.
“That’s the second one this season that we’ve gotten (a goal) within 30 seconds or something,” Randall said. “It’s something that we focus on. We want to start games strong. If we can get a team before they settle in, (that’s) great.”
Senior forward Alexa Snesrud broke the scoreless deadlock just 37 seconds into the match with a goal from short-range. The quick tally was immediately followed by a seeing-eye shot from a shallow angle off the boot of Kiley Issendorf and into the net with 2:39 elapsed in the first half. Macava Smith added a third goal for the ‘Jacks less than minute later to make it 3-0.
After building a comfortable advantage with 86 minutes still left to play, Randall cautioned his team about not getting complacent.
“I always say there’s a danger with (building a quick lead) too. It can make it seem like, ‘oh this is really easy, we can take our foot off the gas,’” said Randall. “So we want to kind of feed on that and get the energy from that and keep going.”
The 3-0 score stood until late in the first half when Macie Majerle set up BrookeLynn Sell all alone in front of the Proctor net with a well-executed cross-pass. Sell made no mistake with the golden opportunity and blasted a shot into the net for the team’s final marker of the half.
“Someone sent the through ball to me and then I was looking just to cross the net because that’s our goal — get it across the field,” Majerle said. “I saw BrookeLynn starting to run so I just laid it out in front of her.”
Sophomore Addison Sandman netted the final goal for the ‘Jacks at the 75-minute mark in a 5-0 final.
Senior goalkeeper Katelyn Olson finished the contest with three saves for her first shutout victory of the season. Olson was backed by a smothering defensive effort from the team’s youthful back-line, which is making positive strides on a game by game basis, according to Randall.
After losing key defenders like Olivia Macaulay, Sadie Senich and Caley Kruse to graduation last year, the position group has gotten noticeably younger with sophomores Allie Jones, Ellise Boyd-Affias, Sarah Turner and Kennedy Wick joining freshman Adeline Randall and junior Madison Fredrickson forming the back-line.
“It’s a really hard job to kind of throw young kids in a back-line like that, and it’s been a little shaky, but I thought that their performance was pretty good today,” Randall said. “I thought they covered up for each other pretty well, but it’s going to be a process all year and into the future.”
Cloquet-Carlton (4-1) will travel to Bemidji Thursday, Sept. 8, for their next match at 7 p.m.