The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team won its season opener Thursday night, taking care of Mankato Loyola on the road by a score of 5-2.
Jonathan Banegas and Maqui Sandoval each had two goals for WHS, and Danny Banegas also scored. Jonathan Banegas and Sandoval each scored in the first half as the Trojans grabbed a 2-0 lead at the break, and Sandoval made it 3-0 in the second half before the Crusaders scored. The Trojans will face a tough early test on Saturday when they play at New Prague.
The WHS girls soccer team, meanwhile, was at home against Mankato Loyola, and the teams played to a 0-0 draw. Maylin Fabian Perez, an eighth-grader, played well in goal for the Trojans as she made multiple saves.
In girls tennis, Worthington topped New Ulm on the road, 5-2.
The Trojans won three singles matches as Taylor Nordseth, Brooke Nordseth and Taya Oberloh each captured straight-set victories at the No. 2 through No. 4 spots. WHS also got doubles triumphs from the No. 1 tandem of Riley Nickel and Bryn Donkersloot and the No. 2 pair of Savannah Rodriguez and Taylor Michelson; each won in straight sets.
It was Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda winning 3-2 over visiting Worthington in the first high school volleyball match of the season for both teams. Game scores were 25-15, 23-25, 15-25, 25-18, 15-7.
Statistical leaders for the Trojans were Ellie Weg with 15 kills, Tarren Spartz with 13 kills, and Addison Gerber with 38 set assists and five aces serves. WHS will play Blue Earth in Marshall on Saturday afternoon.
In college football Thursday night, Minnesota West opened its season in Orange City, Iowa against the Northwestern College JV and came up shore, 22-18. A Northwestern TD with 36 seconds remaining clinched its win.
Ian Stamer’s touchdown and Mike Peralta’s field goal gave the Bluejays a 10-0 lead in the first half, and Minnesota West was up 10-7 at halftime. The Jays then fell behind 14-10 but got a fourth-quarter safety and another Stamer TD to go ahead 18-14 with 1:48 to go before Northwestern rallied.
Minnesota West plays at the North Dakota State College of Science on Sept. 3.
Elsewhere on Thursday, it was:
High school volleyball
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Red Rock Central 0
Marshall 3, Willmar 0