The first time the Lady Wolves played Crookston, they outplayed the host team for a good portion of the game, but lost 1-0 on a goofy goal when the ball hit something on the turf, bounced over the goalie’s arm and into the back of the net.
At the rematch, held Sept. 28 in Walker, the Wolves had several shots on goal but could only make one and fell 2-1.
“We definitely out-played them, but we couldn’t score. And because they kept us from scoring, they had the momentum,” said Coach Bill Marshall.
Brooke Vinkemeier, who has the second most saves in State Class A, was unable to start the game due to an injury. But Mandy Johnson volunteered to take her place, giving Coach Marshall and his two coaches about an hour to work with her.
“Our defense was so strong in the first half we didn’t allow one shot on goal,” the coach said.
WHA had four excellent chances to score, including a one-on-one shot by Rand that hit the crossbar.
Vinkemeier decided to play the second half and the Wolves continued to play well only to give up a goal about 10 minutes in.
That lead did not last long as Gabby Cairns took the ball about 70 yards through the Pirates’ defense and scored, which gave the momentum back to WHA.
Johnson replaced Vinkemeier, and with under 10 minutes to play Crookston scored the final goal.
Britta Rand finished with four quality shot on goal, Gabby Cairns had three and Elizabeth Cairns one on net and two just wide.
Johnson finished with six saves and Vinkemeier had one.
This week the Wolves close out the regular season hosting Melrose with Class A playoffs set to begin next week.