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Area sports roundup: Aug. 31, 2021

In boys soccer Tuesday night, the Worthington Trojans rolled to a 7-1 home win over St. Peter in a match broadcast live on 104.3 The Bridge. Edgar Carrillo and Buoy Lira each scored two goals for the Trojans, and Ulysses Barrera, Mir Gossom and Elmer Guzman each had a goal.

Trojans head coach Juan Flores noted that WHS played brilliant soccer for the first 25 minutes, but then began to relax after obtaining a 3-0 lead. That’s when St. Peter started pushing more and wound up getting on the scoreboard.

Flores said the team discussed the let-up at halftime and then came out and controlled play throughout the second 45 minutes. He told his squad afterward that the game was good, but that it can’t settle for good enough. Lira added that Tuesday’s game only represents one step, and that there’s tons of room for improvement.

In girls soccer, the Trojans trailed by just 1-0 at halftime before eventually falling 5-0 at St. Peter.

WHS head coach Emily Ahlquist explained that coaches have been stressing the importance of delaying and containing on defense. The girls did that absolutely beautifully tonight, Ahlquist said, adding that she was very proud of how her team played for the first 70 minutes of the game.

With the exception of one St. Peter goal, the first half remained scoreless with only a few shots on net.

In the second half, the Trojans continued to hold the Saints off and even got a few shots on the Saints’ goal. St. Peter, though, scored with about 16 minutes left in the game, and with about 7 and a half minutes left, Ahlquist said WHS started falling apart and not holding it together in the back.

Ahlquist stated “it was pretty awesome” keeping St. Peter to a much lower goal total than what’s typical. The Trojans will next host Marshall in their home opener on Thursday.

In high school volleyball action Tuesday night, Worthington topped visiting Austin 3-0 in the WHS gym. Tarren Spartz had 13 kills for the Trojans. Brooklyn Schietel-Taylor was 14-of-14 from the service line with four aces; Addison Gerber was 13-of-14 serving with three aces; and Ellie Weg and Karissa Maxwell served for two aces apiece.

Addison Gerber passed for 23 set assists for WHS, which will next play at Pipestone on Thursday night. Weg contributed five blocks, and Olivia Hayenga had three. Gerber and Spartz led Worthington in digs with three each.

Trojans head coach Jessica Hogan noted that her team was able to put some nice stretches together during which it earned its own points.

Elsewhere in high school volleyball, it was:

Canby 3, Pipestone Area 1

Luverne 3, Redwood Valley 0

Tracy-Milroy Balaton 3, Windom 0

Jackson County Central 3, Heron Lake/Okabena-Fulda 0

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 3, Springfield 1

Murray County Central 3, Dawson-Boyd 2

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 3, Edgerton 1

West Sioux 3, Harris-Lake Park 0

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