Girls show big improvement in 2 games

Coach Steve Kehrli was pleased with the effort shown by his New Prague Trojan girls soccer team last week, but still disappointed in the outcome of the two games.

            “The girls played some of the best soccer this program has ever seen,” Kehrli said. “Unfortunately, that only resulted in a close 2-0 loss to Mankato West and a 1-1 tie with Bloomington Kennedy.”

            In both games, Kehrli said the Trojans moved and passed the ball better than they ever have.  

Scarlets 2, Trojans 0

            At Mankato West on Thursday, Sept. 5, the Trojans’ ball movement created at least four great scoring opportunities in the scoreless first half. “We just could not get that final good shot off into the back of the net,” he said.

            In the second half West scored once off of a corner kick and one more time on a disputed goal that may not have crossed the goal line.  

Eagles 1, Trojans 1

            In the Kennedy game, played Saturday, Sept. 7, the Eagles scored 30 minutes into the game on a breakaway, but most of the scoring opportunities went New Prague's way.  

            Midway through the second half Monica Kuehl scored on what Kehrli said looked   like a replay of her last three goals.

            “She won a ball about 30 yards out, showed her great footwork, and placed a ball just under the crossbar to even the score,” he said.

            Defensively in both games the Trojans limited the opponents scoring opportunities to mostly weak shots and offensively they created great opportunities.  

            “It is just a matter of time before those opportunities start turning into goals,” Kehrli said.

            The coach credited Leah Bissell, Grace Yackly, Cami Brod and Michaela Emond for their work on the offensive end. “Their efforts will start paying off in goals scored,” he said. “All of the girls have elevated their games, and despite the heat we have been playing in, the effort level has been fantastic.”